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Old 05-24-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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Tightening stuffing box on '73 Gulfstar

The stuffing box on my '73 Gulfstar 36 needs tightening, and since I have not done it before, I am not sure whether it tightens clockwise or counter clockwise. Most things tighten clockwise, but on my sailboat it tightened counter clockwise, so I do not want to assume that. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 05-24-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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It's probably clockwise. The first fraction of a turn or looking at the exposed threads will show you. Most have two nuts; one serving as a locking nut to the other. The most important thing is to adjust without the shafts turning!

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Old 05-24-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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Tighten evenly if you have four bolts tighten a turn on one then go across to the one on the opposite side and take a turn on it. If necessary measure between the flanges to insure that it comes together in a uniform fashion. If they are fairly close together to start with you may have to add packing and /or replace packing.

I would seriously doubt that they are counter clockwise to tighten. Right should be tight
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