I just repowered. In the process, I repacked the stuffing box with the dripless Teflon compound.
"Dripless Teflon compound?" Are you talking about this stuff
? Halekai36, the sailor that wrote Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box
, the most thorough, detailed on-line treatment of re-packing a stuffing box I've
found, doesn't think much of that stuff at all. I'd follow Hal's advice. In fact: That's just what I did.
Could you point us toward a web page describing the material you used?
I notice now when I am motoring at low speeds, I detect a very slight squeak as the shaft turns.
Could this be a problem?
I would think so. Bearing surfaces (and prop shaft seals are a kind of bearing surface, in a way) that squeek, screech, whine, squeal, grind, etc. are not right. Noises like that do indicate a problem, IMO.
My hearing is so bad, esp. at high frequencies, that I wouldn't hear such a noise even if it existed on our boat
. Luckily The Admiral has the hearing of bat or owl, and she'd hear it were it there.