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Rudder Post Stuffing Box Question
My rudder post stuffing box was leaking very slightly last season when under power, so one of my jobs in the off season was to re-pack it. So I repacked it today, and the steering is now very stiff. I'm confident that I used the correct size packing material.
My question is, should I be concerned about the stiff steering, or will it loosen up as it is used? FYI, the boat is still on the hard, so the packing has not gotten wet yet and I suspect this may make a difference, but I don't really know. Any old salts out there with a view on this?
Thanks in advance.