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You guys are spending more than you need to.

Hamilton Marine sells Duramax Ultra-X for 1.68 ft in 3/16" PACKING ULTRA-X 3/16" SOLD BY INCH OR LBS 420" 176152

And in 1/4" for $3.00 per ft PACKING ULTRA-X 3/16" SOLD BY INCH OR LBS 420" 176152

Gore GFO from eMarine is $9.63 per foot in 1/4"!!!

I am VERY impressed with both Gore GFO and Johnson Duramax Ultra-X. What I am not impressed with is the knock off product made by Western Pacific Trading and sold by West Marine while similar it is not braided the same nor is it the same make up as Ultra-X or GFO.

Duramax Ultra-X is what I now use 90% of the time. Hamilton Marine sells it for next to nothing. The folks at eMarine a giving you bad advice on "drip free". Ask them if they plan on buying you a new shaft after it is eaten by crevice corrosion? The drips do more than lubricate they allow clean oxygenated water into the shaft log which helps prevent shaft corrosion.

BTW this shaft was set to "drip free" not "drips less". This particular shaft cost over $1500.00 to replace.....

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Duramax Ultra-X is what I now use 90% of the time.
Good post as always Maine.

But I can't stop thinking that the product you recommend sounds awfully like a good quality condom.


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Not trying to be a wise-a$$, but...

That stuff looks great, but if it is not going to be completely "drip free" what is the advantage? The bilge is still going to fill to the lowest level that the bilge pump can pump it out, about half an inch. Its just going to take a little longer to get there. Once its there though, you'll still have 1/2 inch of water in the bilge.

So I guess I'm missing the point.

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It will drip way less for a MUCH longer time without the need for as much service and replacement

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Where can i get the Gore GFO? I am having a hard time finding it.


Take a look at : Packing-Shaft - e Marine Systems at "http://www.emarineinc.com/categories/Packing%252dShaft"

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