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PSS Dripless Bearing

I have removed the drive shaft on my sailboat in order to replace the cutlass bearing. Just wondering if it would be adviseable to also replace the packed bearing with a PSS dripless one now that the shaft is out. I read a couple of older posts on the subject and I guess the main concern is getting the air out of the rubber coupling ie. burping it. Has anything changed with these PSS bearings wrt improvements or am I better of sticking with what I have and repack it. Thanks
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I went with a PSS, the newest ones like I have have a breather tube that does the burping per say for you. You can still pull the seal back to do so if you like.

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I was the first PSS with said breather the yard had done. As such, they did the tube with a "U" as the directions mentioned, BUT< the bottom of the tube was not the Min "12" or some such thing above the water line, and I ended up with a siphon as the directions said would happen when sailing.

I am cautioning you to read the install directions yourself and double check, and keep you eye on the breather tube the first few times out, so you do not end up with your daughter going below and then yelling up, "is there supposed to be 6" of water over the floorboards?"

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If you're going with a traditional packing gland, use the GFO Gore-tex packing material. The PSS is nice if you want a bone dry bilge though.
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