Join Date: May 2006
Location: Left Coast USA
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You are correct, lots of ways of doing it. And - all will work. Some of us have found a method that seems to work better and lasts longer. I have had 3 sailboats and 2 power boats. One of the power boats had twin screw powered by 350 V8's which puts an extreme amount of wear and stress on packing glands. I found if I used Teflon impregnated packing with Teflon grease, offsetting individual wraps, compressing and backing off and then adjusting under power then it was the last maintenance I would really need. The packing never needed to be replaced again, at least as far as I know. Only minor adjustments needed to be made the first few weeks or months of use then I could just check it occasionally.
But you can do it many ways and the worst that can happen is you will need to adjust it more often and change it every few years. No big deal either way. The only major concerns are that the shaft stays cool enough and that it doesn't sink your boat.
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Currently in Long Beach, CA