Cape Dory stuffing box leak - Page 2 - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 23 Old 01-21-2013 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Phew, emergency over. And to think all it would take is the proper tools. Finally got the locking nut loose with a small 2lb sledge and a "demolition driver" full length steel screwdriver. Still will need to repack the box I'm sure, but I'm not planning on moving it in the near future, so got the drip rate pretty much nill for now. Haven't checked it yet with the motor in gear, but will be sure to do that if I do any motoring before I repack it. Thanks everybody for the help!

-Mo
mahonri is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 23 Old 01-21-2013
Oday30!
 
deniseO30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 6,914
Thanks: 55
Thanked 125 Times in 114 Posts
Rep Power: 10
   
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

OMG, glad you didn't break the shaft log!

I don't know if they make them that big. but maybe a couple "flare nut" wrenches would be the ticket. Maybe you could have something welded up.

PSS shaft seal was the ticket on my boat. But the mere mention of this will start an whole new discussion!

Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My last project!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


My boat is sold!
deniseO30 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #13 of 23 Old 01-21-2013 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Quote:
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
OMG, glad you didn't break the shaft log!

I don't know if they make them that big. but maybe a couple "flare nut" wrenches would be the ticket. Maybe you could have something welded up.

PSS shaft seal was the ticket on my boat. But the mere mention of this will start an whole new discussion!
From another thread I have running on the Cape Dory forums, I guess this method is the usual way. The shaft log is metal and not a fiberglass tube so it's pretty tough.

-Mo
mahonri is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #14 of 23 Old 01-21-2013
Senior Member
 
Bradhamlet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Simi Valley CA
Posts: 168
Thanks: 2
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Hey Celeb D you had something there, a wax toilet ring. My stuffing box drips more than I would like and a hall-out is still a year away. Im going to try your idea of stuffing some wax from the outside. Never thought of a wax seal, but I really think you are onto something here. Thanks for the tip, the out side the box kind of tip. (great)

Brad
Lancer 36
Bradhamlet is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #15 of 23 Old 01-21-2013
Senior Member
 
okawbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 240
Thanks: 2
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bradhamlet View Post
Hey Celeb D you had something there, a wax toilet ring. My stuffing box drips more than I would like and a hall-out is still a year away. Im going to try your idea of stuffing some wax from the outside. Never thought of a wax seal, but I really think you are onto something here. Thanks for the tip, the out side the box kind of tip. (great)

Brad
Lancer 36
If you stop the water coming in from the outside; your stuffing box will overheat when you run the prop.



Chuck
Privateer 26 Schooner
okawbow is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #16 of 23 Old 01-21-2013
Senior Member
 
Bradhamlet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Simi Valley CA
Posts: 168
Thanks: 2
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

I don't know about that, the outside water temp is in the 50's. I had it so tight years ago that it was almost dry and it was wonderful. That shaft was cold to the touch after hours of hull speed sailing(7+kts). I know it is there to lube the shaft but Im going to try this approach and let you know how it worked.

Brad
Lancer 36
Bradhamlet is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #17 of 23 Old 01-21-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 495
Thanks: 13
Thanked 20 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Perhaps a line wrench, also called a "flare wrench or flare nut wrench" would get in there. There available at Lowe's Sears, Granger, Amazon, etc.
Hudsonian is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #18 of 23 Old 01-21-2013
Tartan 27' owner
 
CalebD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,738
Thanks: 4
Thanked 107 Times in 99 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bradhamlet View Post
Hey Celeb D you had something there, a wax toilet ring. My stuffing box drips more than I would like and a hall-out is still a year away. Im going to try your idea of stuffing some wax from the outside. Never thought of a wax seal, but I really think you are onto something here. Thanks for the tip, the out side the box kind of tip. (great)

Brad
Lancer 36
You are welcome for the idea Brad. I'm just passing it along as I did not think of it.
The best thing about the idea of using a wax on the outside to slow down water ingress at the cutless bearing (in an emergency) is that the wax WILL dissipate if the shaft spins for long. No harm, no foul and very low likely hood that the stuffing box will get over heated.
This idea may not work so well in warm tropical water as the wax will remain fairly soft nor is this idea very appealing when the water temps are very cold as who wants to go swimming in cold water?

"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
CalebD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #19 of 23 Old 11-01-2013
BGS
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 24
Thanks: 7
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

I just wanted to say I am having the same problem on a 1979 Cape Dory 28. Nearly inaccessible... I also do not have the rubber tube that connects the stern. I'm happy you mentioned that because that had me a bit puzzled.

I have been trying the hammer screw driver method but that has just chipping away at the nut starting to strip it. Additionally it just doesnt feel right banging on a screwdriver near the shaft like that... seems like there has to be a better way.

It seems making your own wrench may be the only way. Although a big enough flair wrench might work.
BGS is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #20 of 23 Old 11-01-2013
Senior Member
 
Delta-T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 527
Thanks: 34
Thanked 40 Times in 35 Posts
Rep Power: 2
 
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Wondering if a Basin Wrench would work? Here is one that will do up to 2.5" round...Cat. no. 31180

https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/basin-wrenches

Eric
Delta-T
1968 Bristol 32 Keel/Crb Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA
Delta-T is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cape Dory 28 firsttry SailNet FAQ 8 10-06-2014 06:43 PM
Stuffing box leak H and E Gear & Maintenance 7 05-07-2012 11:58 AM
Stuffing box leak ROSA Gear & Maintenance 9 01-26-2010 01:01 PM
Cape Dory 28 Cape Horn Self-Steering Installed BillOfCapeCod Gear & Maintenance 6 05-20-2009 07:49 PM
Cape Dory 30 halyardz Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 06-27-2002 10:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome