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Stuffing Box Packing - Catalina 270

I will be repacking my stuffing box on my Catalina 270. (1" Diameter O.D. Shaft)

The specs in my book tell me that it has "3/16" x 3/16" packing rings"

The new packing comes in lengths of 2ft. When I order the new packing, I am assuming that I will order 3/16" x 2 ft. I also assume that 2 ft will be more than plenty for my needs. Am I correct on both of these points?

Here is the link for Westmarine packing that I am looking at.
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Then, there's the cutting to length and fitting.
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I would measure the stuffing box, since the manual and what is actually on the boat don't always match. I'd also recommend that you get the Gore-Tex GFO packing material rather than the older stuff. Keeps the bilges drier...

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I have read in other posts this process can be done while still in the water. I am thinking you better have a plan "B". If something should go wrong, your bildge/battery cant keep up with the water for long.
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What can go wrong where? When you pull first ring out, make sure that size is matching the new one. If new one isn't going in, then flatten it with a hammer...
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What can go wrong where? When you pull first ring out, make sure that size is matching the new one. If new one isn't going in, then flatten it with a hammer...

What can go wrong where? On a boat, are you serious? I can think of a dozen times when I had everything planned perfectly (so I thought) only to have something unexpected go wrong, break, strip, drop, spill, crack, split, run out, run dry, too wet, too much, not enough, wrong part, missing pieces.........ad infinitum.

I am not saying it cant be done...just have a plan "B".


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What can go wrong where? On a boat, are you serious? I can think of a dozen times when I had everything planned perfectly (so I thought) only to have something unexpected go wrong, break, strip, drop, spill, crack, split, run out, run dry, too wet, too much, not enough, wrong part, missing pieces.........ad infinitum.
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2 ft will be more than enough.

Don't plan to do the job with the boat in the water, as one guy discussed.

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