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I'd like to shout out a big thank-you to all of you gentlemen. The water is indeed coming in through the packing gland. I think the best course of action is to simply keep my eye on it and see if the dripping increases. At that point I'll get out the wrench and start making 1/8 turns. Again, thanks to you all -- TB, SD, Valiant, Stan, hellowsailor, Wimckinzie, Cam, Ian and Bill. You guys are the best...
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Good enough... BTW, do you know how old the packing in the gland is? If it is leaking, and you're going to be futzing with it anyways, it might be worthwhile to replace it, while you're down there.

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Good enough... BTW, do you know how old the packing in the gland is? If it is leaking, and you're going to be futzing with it anyways, it might be worthwhile to replace it, while you're down there.
I'm not sure, but I think it's a little over two years old. The cutlass bearing was replaced in the fall of 2004... would it stand to reason that it would have been repacked at that time? Thanks again, SD...
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It is probably that it was replaced at that time, but it might be a good opportunity to replace it, since you're going to be working on it anyways. They do make a new GoreTex-based packing material that is supposed to be pretty good, and is supposed to last a long time.

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Thanks again for the instruction... This will be my first "gland work," and I'm assuming it can be done while the boat's in the water. The weather's unbelievable here (sunny and 75), so I might put it off for a week or so. I'll let you know if the boat sinks...
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No...not in the water! Search here on packing gland for HOW to do it in the water but chances are it just needs tightening. But do it out of the water at next haulout unless it really needs replacement now.
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I concur with Cam..

Don't do it in the water except in dire emergency. Some one at the dock told me that I didn't need to haul out to put my transducer in. LIAR I removed the plug with the transducer ready to go in place ( imagine a 2" fire hose going off in your face) I gave that transducer CPR for the next 30 minutes or so hoping the plastic would not give way and I wouldn't cross thread the damn plastic nut and the love of my life sticks her head into the comanionway and belts out "why did you have to wait till we were ready to leave to do that" bless her heart. Never will I attempt that again except in an emergency. This happened on a Sunday and I had to get back to work, Monday was a Holiday for the normal folks, I had to work and all I could think about was holding pressure on this stupid leak I created till Tuesday. Now more intelligent cruisers will attest to the fact that you can pull this maneuver off with a toilet plunger. To that I say hind sight is always 20/20

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Roger that... Thanks, Cam
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Now that is a good yard story... Thanks, Bill
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Bill...lol...you ought to copy that over tothe mistakes thread as a permanent record!
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