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Old traditional stern gland?

Well, I've never seen one before. What type of maintenance is needed? Adjustments? Etc? Can't seem to upload the pic.
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It is usually called a stuffing box: Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
unless you are referring to the Cutlass bearing: Replacing A Cutlass Bearing Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
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Not quite

I wish it were a stuffing box. Imagine a 3" hose coming off the tube the cutlass bearing is in ... held in place by two pipe clamps ... then on the front of this hose is a metal fitting ... a cylinder with a pipe coming off the top that runs via another hose to the grease gun nipple ... this cylindrical item it held in place by two more pipe clamps ... no nuts ... no threading to be seen ... excess grease seems to be squeezing out the inboard side of this fitting.

The installation is on a 1972 Dufour Arpege.
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A picture?

try this link to the picture of the mystery fitting

https://isurus.mote.org/~lmitchell/SternGland.jpg
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Mystery Prop Shaft Gland

What is it?
How do I adjust it?

https://isurus.mote.org/~lmitchell/SternGland.jpg
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I haven't seen one like that yet. Does that hose have a grease fitting at the end by any chance?

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Yes. Indeed a grease hose.

Yes the hose runs up to a grease nipple fitting near the companionway. Ideas?
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I have owned 2 British built boats and both had grease fittings on the bearing. I think a lot of UK boats do. If you google "stern gland grease" everything that comes up seems to be from the UK. What kind of boat is it? Here's a diagram and pic from a Dehler on a British site. Hope this helps.
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I cut the diagram off too short. The packing material is shown between the capping nut and lock nut.
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It's a '72 Dufour Arpege.

It's a '72 Dufour Arpege.
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