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Stuffing box hose question

I have a Buck Algonquin 1 3/4” Spud Style packing box on my Sabre (looks to be original) and need to replace the packing hose. After removing the previous hose, I see the fiberglass shaft log I have is 1 7/8”. It looks like the PO or Sabre used 2” hose and clamped it down to fit on the 1 ¾” packing box, but I’m not sure this is the correct way of doing things.

I know with other hoses that if heated in boiling water, can be made to fit easier. Will the Buck Algonquin 1 ¾” hose expand with boiling water enough to fit on the 1 7/8” shaft log? I first purchased the 2” hose because the old hose is all I brought home with me to order… now after trying to install it I measured the shaft log and packing box and found this issue.

I contacted Buck Algonquin about what they recommend and the engineers didn't have an answer.

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Why not contact Sabre and ask them. They're still in business, so that's an option.
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Your stuffing box is probably a Perko 672-5, based on my owner's manuals (Sabre 28 & 38). I measured both stuffing boxes that I pulled from each boat and they appear to be 1 3/4" OD. I don't recall the OD of my shaft log, but if you say that it's 1 7/8", then simply buying that size exhaust hose should be fine. Use double hose clamps on each end. I would not use 1 3/4".

As dog says, Sabre is available and provides excellent customer support. I've used them myself.

BTW - I replaced the stuffing boxes on both boats with PSS shaft seals and love them.
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Just put a Buck Algonquin 1-3/4 hose unit in my Cal 29 and the hose is some serious 5-ply marine exhaust it might have and 1/8' give BUT it would be a struggle
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Well, I spoke to Sabre about the issue and their response was that they probably used 1 7/8" hose and that they do not recommend using the 2" that was on there. So both Buck Algonquin and Sabre don't have an answer. It looks like I'll just have to purchase the 1 3/4" hose and give it a shot.

I cannot find 1 7/8" hose anywhere. Does anyone know of any other supplier besides Buck Algonquin?
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