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Re: DON'T do it!!

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Well, I call your raised double strong disagreement, but we will likely have to wait a decade or two to see.

Mind you, somehow mangling an ill-fitting hose over two fittings of different size was likely the original condition of the boat, in which it was insured when brand new. It will be hard to beat THAT in order to make the stuffing box a liability.

And I see absolutely no reason why solid-against-soft should slip less than soft-against-soft.
I'l have to agree with the don't do it. Yes you can make anything work with a big enough hammer, but if the packing box slips off you will sink the boat. There is no need here to introduce another layer that might leak, or slip. If it was neccessary, IE the right packing box was no longer made, or you are in the middle of the ocean, it might be different.

$80.00 is not even 1 boat buck, cheap to do it right.
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Re: stuffing box stern tube different dia's???

OP here, an update;
If at all possible I woulds prefer to buy the correct replacement. I took a look at the supplier listed in the first page of this thread, sadly to ship to Canada they require a money(wire) order. Seriously? I could start a rant on USA based companies who make it difficult to ship to Canada

Via google I found another company that sells what I am looking for and am waiting to here back from them.

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John, since you have a lathe, why not build up 3-4mms of a good filled epoxy on the tube, then turn it down to 1-3/4" so the two match? Epoxy is a structural material, after all. Easier than turing Delrin blocks and fussing with all that.

Or, of course, just buying the new one in the right size.
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Your last sentence says it all, for <> 100 $ I prefer to buy rather than make. My lathe turning skills are limited, with that said if I need to I will use it for this situation, as you discribe.

I suspect I could just buy 1 3/4 hose, clamp it all down and be done with it. It worked for the first 30 years....
With that said the boat is out for the season so why not take the time to do it right and the forget about it for the next couple of decades?


Thanks for all of the feedback,
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Re: stuffing box stern tube different dia's???

While we are all adults and can do what ever we want

The correct stuffing box hose is REALLY stiff stuff and its gonna be on there another 20 years so it is not a corner cutting place IMHP
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Re: stuffing box stern tube different dia's???

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The correct stuffing box hose is REALLY stiff stuff and its gonna be on there another 20 years so it is not a corner cutting place IMHP
And it will be next to impossible to stretch it.
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