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I am about to repack the rudder packing gland. Shaft diameter is 2.25". Anyone hazzard a guess as to the flax width I need? I would guess somewhere from 1/4" to 3/8", but manual is silent and too hard to try to measure until I actually open it up. Would be real convenient to have purchased the packing material before hand...........
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Unless you can contact the manufacturer or someone else with the same boat who''s done it before, you may want to simply buy a range of sizes so you have them available and return the ones you don''t use.
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Mystery is over. 2.25" rudder shaft took 5/16" flax packing. 5 rows. Not that hard to repack either.
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Were you in the water or on the hard when you repacked? I''d be most interested in what procedure you used if you were in the water. Thanks, Peter
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Boat was on the hard when I repacked the rudder stuffing box. It appears to me that the stuffing box was above or near the waterline and it mostly leaked when under way. However, I was not willing to take the chance and waited until boat was hauled. Discretion and valor........... BTW I am very meticulous, very cautious--and very slow--doing boat projects.
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