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Old 02-26-2015, 11:30 PM   #81
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""""""""""Can you post a close-up picture of the stuffing box? You mentioned a nut is striped, is it the locking nut or the adjusting nut? Are the threads on the stuffing box housing OK? """""""""""

If the threads on the main body of the stuffing box are ok then maybe you just need the stripped nut.
If it is the locking nut one could be made on a lathe. Actually even the packing nut could be made on a lathe.


You could also check with mfgr.such as Spartan Metals, Buck Algonquin, Perko, Groco all of whom make stuffing boxes. The dimensions and the threading will need to be measured to be able to check with the mfgrs. to see if they have a suitable replacment.

The box, from the photo, looks like my old Perko but most boxes look similar in photos like this.

Before jumping though find out the costs of all new vs repairs as making parts can be expensive.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:33 PM   #82
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I'm actually a newbie/novice & I'm not sure the difference. I can tell you it's the thing you tighten to stop the stuffing box from leaking.

Sorry...I'm truly a novice & don't know the terms.

I'll look for a pic...I have one somewhere...
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:40 PM   #83
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Okay, here's an old picture of the stuffing box...

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it's right where the shaft meets the stuffing box...you can even kind of see how stripped/warped it is even in the picture above...
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:00 AM   #85
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Ask the yard to send you some close up photos of the packing gland and how it is mounted. Have them send them to you, then post.

My thinking is to add a section of hose and a new factory gland, not that expensive. Advantage is it floats with motion of the shaft and motor vs being rigid to the hull.

But can't tell from the photo whether the hose mount thing is an option.
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I'll ask the yard. Might take a few days, though.
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Star: If you google stuffing box you will get a lot of info on the different types and functions of stuffing boxes..


Simply put they all use a two piece assemblies around the shaft that when forced together jam the rings of stuffing against the shaft tightly enough to prevent leaking but loose enough to allow shaft to rotate.


If newer gore packing is used no dripping is required.
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:09 PM   #88
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Update: since my box was recently stuffed, I simply asked the yard to ensure it's in good working order & then to just cut out a access hole so I can get to it. That is, nothing fancy - no hatch or whatever - just a simple hole so I can adjust the stuffing box when necessary.
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This isn't a perfect solution bc I will still need to remove 1 battery to get to it & the battery weighs 150 lbs! What this means is that I'll be dependent on finding someone to help me lift it...not ideal but for now, it's workable. That & I'll make sure my bilge pumps are in good working order!
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Question - was the 3 cyl diesel kept or saved? I know you are tight on funds and that engine was likely at the end of it's service life. As an owner of that engine you should be paid for it. At a minimum it will have scrap value that some one may pocket. Or as a running take out engine has some value to some one somewhere. Maybe not in a "woodie" and yet it is a complete engine.

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Action, my Perkins diesel only had 900 hours on it. I bartered it to the shipwright at my yard in exchange for carpentry work on my boat over the summer.

He has sailboats & really wanted the engine, whereas I need stern settee repair (rotten boards, sanding, varnish) & I have some rot under my helm windows. I also requested that he install a small wood stove once I find one for the galley.

as we all know, these woodies get expensive to repair, so the barter system works well here.
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Awesome!!! I was wondering if the engine just got pitched and you got nothing.

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We are finally making progress after a long lull at the yard. They got busy but are now finishing up my boat, hopefully for an early May launch.

Here's a pic of the batteries & access hole to the stuffing box.

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They said they managed to hook the batteries up without me having to disconnect it when I do need access to the stuffing box. It will still be heavy but being able to keep it attached was a good call on their part.

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Looking great. Love to see the performance numbers breakdown when you get out on the water. An electric powered boat is a possible future pet project.
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I think that's the 4th battery where my old house battery was...

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Looking great. Love to see the performance numbers breakdown when you get out on the water.

Yes, I'm very interested in knowing her range & how she performs. Per Elco, she'll also be much easier to handle.

The sea trial is for 4 hours! I wanted to do it myself but they wouldn't let me! Said they have to do adjustments enroute. I then realized they were all probably looking forward to spending a day out on the water! I won't ruin it for them. LOL
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Okay I'm posting this pic again because I see the other 2 batteries on the port side under the passenger seat.

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Or is that a tool box? (Tiny pics they sent me but I'm going next week so will confirm...)
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Starside, it is good to see and hear that you will be on the water soon.
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Starside, it is good to see and hear that you will be on the water soon.

Thanks, Pacemaker.
Is it just me, or has it been forever?
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