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Old 10-25-2016, 01:49 PM   #1
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Shaft Gland Packing Type?

I have a haul out scheduled next spring to replace the radar arch, swim platform and the reconditioned props. During this I'am getting the shafts and rudder logs repacked. The question I have is what brand and type of packing are the forum members using and how well has it performed for you? I used the teflon impregnated packing in 2010 and adjusted it a couple of times during the years and 680 hours of use. It had started to leak very excessively and I tightened it but was only able to turn it 1 flat. For the winter I'am going to add 1 ring of packing and tighten enough to stop any drip. What to use in the spring the ptfe packing or the ptfe with graphite or is something else available. I'am not interested the dripless pss type, I like being able to make repairs in the water without having to haul the boat.

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Old 10-25-2016, 01:58 PM   #2
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This subject matter is just about as bad as mentioning anchors.

Last year I hauled out and replaced my engine shaft seal. First time doing it.

Here was my experience and why I did what I did.

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Old 10-25-2016, 02:30 PM   #3
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I have been using a dripless, but the Strong Seal which is a lip seal.
It can be repaired in the water, but in 8 seasons on this boat I have yet to see a drop.
Had one 5 years in my previous boat and no drops.
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:35 PM   #4
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:19 AM   #5
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Well if your getting 6 years of service from an hours work, I'm not sure I have a good suggestion for improvement. I have used gore but also put it in about 7 years ago, so thus far not a huge utility difference.

Make sure the packing is the actual problem as it depends on alignment and running gear to be sound or it won't work.
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:03 PM   #6
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What Bill said, without question. few drips ever and lasts a long time. I wouldn't have dripless shaft seals on a bet. The gore stuff doesnt drip and anyone can replace it from inside the boat.
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:25 PM   #7
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