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Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
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Re: Does anyone recognize this shaft seal?
Judging from the picture, the hose looks fairly new. If it was my boat, I would check the shaft for excessive wear, re-pack the stuffing box, change out the hose clamps and not worry about it.
Drip-less is the other way to go. It ain't cheap and there are some risks with more parts, little set screws and rubber bellows that you do not have with ye olde stuffing box.
Another thing to consider is where you keep the boat;
If you are on a dock with shore power for the bilge pump and marina staff/neighbors that keep an eye on things then having a bone dry bilge is nice.
If you are on a mooring and a failed rubber bellows or set screw could sink your boat over night with no shore power or anyone to notice, then, you might sleep better with a little drip and less risk.
Funny, my new to me boat has a drip-less and I sort of wish it did not as She's out by her lonesome on a mooring.