I knew it was possible…

…to repack the stuffing box WITHOUT sinking, despite Frank’s dire predictions.  In fact, I didn’t see it as nearly as dramatic as he did, then again, I suppose critical is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, we had repacked it earlier this spring, and it seems I was right, it was a bit too snug the first time, warmed up more than I liked, and the choice was made to switch from flax to synthetic with teflon. I was convince we could do this without short-hauling, and only a small bucket of water came through in the process. The bilge pump could have easily kept up, no sweat.

And now both rebuilt helm pumps and the ram have been swapped out for their new replacements, and all the hydraulics work perfectly, BUT the rudder still seems to hang up at one point, which, we suspect, is that bolt where the rudder sets into the skeg binding up.  At the time of the Great Keel Ordeal, nowhere around here had the correct style bolt for the purpose, and Frank voiced concern that the one we did use could cause problems. Only one way to be sure… high tide tomorrow we short haul.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed that’s all it is, because if it isn’t we have no idea what it could be, and we won’t be moving much for the rest of the summer.  Ironically, had we realized we’d be short-hauling, we could have repacked the stuffing box then, and spared Frank some anxiety.

2 responses to “I knew it was possible…

  1. Brett Walter Cortez

    Hi Cynthia,

    I tried to email you the following links:


    as well as this…


    because I thought you might find them interesting but I got the following notice:

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  2. I am repairing a prop shaft stuffing box nearly identical to yours. It’s on my 1968 32′ rawson cruiser commercial fishing boat. I was leaking between the shaft tube and the stuffing box as my rotting backing block had the carriage bolts tearing into it . I’m unsure if my box is threaded or pressure fit against the prop tube. When you replaced yours did you thread one on or use a self aligning type of stuffing box with the hose and hose clamps? Thanks,
    Dan Smith
    Kenai Alaska

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