Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Anacortes PNW
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I recently had my boat in the yard and I actually bought every size packing in the store and none of them fit! It turned out that since I was in the yard and the boat was loaded differently the shaft was a hair off-center. This meant that 5/16 fit in the top and 1/4 fit underneath.
My engine is mounted offcenter with a flex-coupler so it's always a little off center (apparently not a problem) and when I added a couple new strands in the water I had the same problem. Took the nut off and was a hair off center.
The solution was to take a car jack and put it under the shaft and with a finger's pressure (and no handle in the jack) I was able to put enough upward pressure (very little) to center the shaft and get 1/4 in snug all around.
You could also try taking calipers to the stuff you pulled out of the gland, or taking it to the store for comparison.
I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
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