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Dripless Shaft Packing Question
I did a search of the archives and mostly found information on the PSS type seals.
I'm looking at replacing the packing in the stuffing box on my Catalina 30. I'm finding packing ranging from $10 to $65.
The $65 packing is advertised as dripless, and evidently is dripless after a couple of hours break in.
I'm also seeing packing impregnated with Teflon and Gore GTU in the $10 to $25 range. My understanding is that you adjust the stuffing box for a slight drip so the water can act as lubrication. If the Teflon or GTU is providing the lubrication, can you adjust the stuffing box so there is no drip when you use this packing?
I'm inclined to buy the $65 dripless and play it safe, but if the $25 packing will do the same job why spend the extra money?
If it matters I mostly day/weekend sail in salt water but there will be times when I'm motoring all day on trips when there's no wind.
Also any tips or advice on installing the packing?
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