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Old 10-24-2021, 09:25 AM   #1
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Does anyone recognise this shaft seal type?. It is on my Trader 535 (taiwan built) from 2003, 2.5" shafts. Appears to be of the dripless variety, however no water supply tubing is attached. I have no trouble with them, but would like to have some documentation on them. TIA
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It looks like a standard packing box to me. Replacing the flax packing with Gortex would go a long way toward making it dripless.

If you do replace with Gortex be sure to break it in first. You need to slowly tighten it over about ten hours of running time.

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Agree standard box. I use the standard wax packing.
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Does anyone recognise this shaft seal type?. It is on my Trader 535 (taiwan built) from 2003, 2.5" shafts. Appears to be of the dripless variety, however no water supply tubing is attached. I have no trouble with them, but would like to have some documentation on them. TIA
Looks exactly the same as mine, NOT the "dripless" kind, though properly adjusted, at rest, it drips so little that you might think it is.

My packing is teflon (? white and slippery) impregnated, which is all I have seen in the marine stores in the last 30+ years, so likely what you already have in yours. Water supply is to lube the cutless bearing, not the seal, so that is why none attaches at the seal. It will attach between the seal and the shaft tube.
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We had those in our last boat. We used Duramax packing and they didnít drip at all. The Duramax packing needs to be adjusted over 10 hours running as noted above. They are easy to repack. Ours had 6 layers of packing in them so make sure you have enough to redo it.
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Sandpiper, a Taiwan built boat, has one of those too. It has no manufacturers identification. Its a copy of a Buck Algonquin packing box cast in Taiwan.

I use dripless moldable packing made by WPT.
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Shaft seals

Thanks very much all, thatís pretty conclusive. I have never seen any drips so was unsure. I will have a dig around over winter.👍
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