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I am already making lists.... :-)
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Congrats and kudos to be on your way again Doug.

Not to sound judgmental but the stuffing box is too important to leave in the hands of 'competent people' to repair for you if you are planning to head across the pond again. I am not familiar with the stuffing box arrangement on a 54' boat like yours but I have learned that using the correct size packing is quite important. Using packing that is even 1/16" too small or too big can lead to problems that can bite you in the a$$ when there are no 'competent people' to take care of it for you.

You might have seen this tutorial on stuffing boxes but I'm linking it anyway: Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
I doubt your 54 footer has the same kind of stuffing box but the principles are the same.

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What's the granite situation?
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Wondering about the "Dynamic Tuning"?


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Congrats and kudos to be on your way again Doug.

Not to sound judgmental but the stuffing box is too important to leave in the hands of 'competent people' to repair for you if you are planning to head across the pond again. I am not familiar with the stuffing box arrangement on a 54' boat like yours but I have learned that using the correct size packing is quite important. Using packing that is even 1/16" too small or too big can lead to problems that can bite you in the a$$ when there are no 'competent people' to take care of it for you.

You might have seen this tutorial on stuffing boxes but I'm linking it anyway: Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
I doubt your 54 footer has the same kind of stuffing box but the principles are the same.

Nice to read that you are back at the helm.

Thank you for your helpful link / video and advice. I used the term "competent" less for the knowledge of how to replace the packing in my stuffing box, but more for the error my friend and I made in using the packing which we found onboard which was the incorrect size. So, I was making a humble sideways comment that we always have more to learn.

You are correct, the stuffing box in this CT 56 (not 54 footer) is different from what was in the Gulfstar I had. This one uses 2 opposing plates held together with 2 bolts. The previous one was the type with 2 large nuts requiring 2 monkey wrenches to adjust.

Though the packing in each of those follows the same general concept from there.

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Wondering about the "Dynamic Tuning"?
Well, after I get the new Triumph to Boston, I will be modifying / changing the rigg. For instance I will be removing the roller furling / behind the mast mizzen mechanism and returning that to the track / halyard design. And, replacing numerous turnbuckles, some cable(s), and lets not forget the CHAINPLATES!

After all of that, I will be tuning the rigg while underway, besides at the dock.

Thank you for asking....
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Too funny.... :-)

Actually, the galley has the typical white counter material, but the heads have some beautiful marble!

We will be replacing the faucets, shower plumbing, sinks, all the lights, and all of the door knobs.

But, we have no plans for installing granite, at this time.

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We cast off on Wednesday, 7/25, and made it as far as Beaufort, N.C., where we put in at a Marina on Friday the 27th, in order to address leakage from the stuffing box.
Wow, even if you had departed at 0001 on Wednesday, and arrived at 2359 on Friday, that's a pretty quick trip... You guys must have nailed the Stream, for sure...

Very odd that after such a passage, your crew would want to hug the coast north of Hatteras... Given favorable weather, your inclination to shoot straight for the CC canal would definitely have been the preferred route, especially for a shorthanded crew...

Some may disagree with this, but you might want to consider a dripless shaft seal at some point in the future, I've found them to be very reliable...

Congrats on your new baby, and good luck getting her the rest of the way home...
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Pics when you get a chance!
Look in my "album"! I would insert some into these posts, however from what I understand they have to have an url / link in order to be inserted.
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