Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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I would opt for a conventional stuffing box - the kind your boat has had without major issues for 40 years. I would also do it myself. Same with alignment and cutlass.
A standard stuffing box will drip a few times a minute when the engine is running and not at all when it is not running. About the only way they cause a flood is if you rip the shaft out.
A dripless pss seal will not drip at all if set up properly. But if there is an issue they tend to fail in a major way.
If you are able to replace your toe rail you can do this yourself.
Here's a few links to help Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
Replacing A Cutlass Bearing Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
If you still desire an expensive pss shaft seal here's a link for that
PSS Shaft Seal Installation Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
Here's a link on engine mounts and alignment
Replacing Motor Mounts & The Obstacles Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Last edited by mitiempo; 03-02-2011 at 11:57 PM.