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11-02-2013 05:13 PM
Shinook
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Where are you located?

If you bought the one near Melbourne, FL for sale, I know someone that can help you. If that's you, send me a PM.
11-02-2013 04:30 PM
Capt Len
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Making big short handled spanners to fit stuffing nuts is no biggy. Drill the layout on 1/4 plate and file away. I use two to take the strain off the hose. The handles can be extended with short lengths of pipe with end hammered oval . Cut one out of thin ply for testing shape. Get the angle right.
11-01-2013 06:58 PM
Delta-T
Re: Cape Dory stuffing box leak

Or better yet a Crow foot wrench with 1/2" drive...

Grainger Industrial Supply - MRO Supplies, MRO Equipment, Tools & Solutions

Do we know what size it is?
11-01-2013 06:50 PM
Delta-T
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
11-01-2013 05:21 PM
BGS
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.
01-22-2013 12:29 AM
CalebD
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?
01-21-2013 10:47 PM
Hudsonian
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.
01-21-2013 10:35 PM
Bradhamlet
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
01-21-2013 10:28 PM
okawbow
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.
01-21-2013 10:18 PM
Bradhamlet
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
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