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Stuffing Box for Propeller

Should I inspect/rebuild the propeller stuffing box for a Rafiki 37 (similar to a Tayana 37) that's been in drydock for 5 years? I'm not sure what's involved to disassemble it but I don't want to find out it needs repair after I put it in the water.

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Worth repacking it. A simple job and much easier to do on the hard. While repacking, check the condition of the rubber hose and clamps that connect it to the shaft tube.
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What he said^^^^^^

Actually, if it was on the hard that long, I'd replace the bellows hose, clamps, and really clean-up the stuffing box.
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Also related, While you're out of the water check the cutlass bearing aft of the stuffing box at the exit of the shaft through the hull. Pressing on the shaft from the sides at the propellor should allow little lateral movement,- certainly no clunking about. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Since the boat is out of the water, it would make sense to re-pack/replace the various stuffing box packing materials and at least check the cutlass bearing, zincs, etc..

I'd recommend using the GFO Goretex packing material rather than traditional materials if you're going to stay with a traditional stuffing box.
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