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Old 11-22-2019, 01:58 PM   #21
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I just did it for the first time. Was quite anxious beforehand. I would cut your new packing first and have everything ready and in arms reach but honestly no big deal. Did it in water.
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Old 11-22-2019, 02:21 PM   #22
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Wow, just got back to checking this and thank you for all the replies and how to information. Gonna run down to the boat and take a look at it but I'll probably find someone who can help me with my first attempt at this. Thanks again everyone, I really appreciate the help and information.
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Old 11-22-2019, 02:54 PM   #23
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Really, ITS NO BIG DEAL. Anyone that uses the word GUSH to describe the flow has never done it before. The flow is so slight that you could leave it to go get the right sized packing for an hour and the bilge pump could easily keep up. If not, then you need to replace the bilge pump. After you do it the first time you will look back and laugh at your fears. I believe that I could run the boat with NO packing in it and I would be in no danger of sinking as long as I had a bilge pump.
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Old 11-22-2019, 03:20 PM   #24
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Best way is to replace

I think that the best is to replace it by a PSS Shaft Seal.
Please give a look to this link
https://www.shaftseal.com

I have this in our Trawler since 1999 and no one problem no one drop.
Very little maintenance or nothing

Anyway...in our other boats I also had to repair it on and out of the water

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Old 11-22-2019, 03:28 PM   #25
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I think that the best is to replace it by a PSS Shaft Seal.
Please give a look to this link
https://www.shaftseal.com

I have this in our Trawler since 1999 and no one problem no one drop.
Very little maintenance or nothing

Anyway...in our other boats I also had to repair it on and out of the water

Good luck
You do know that you are supposed to replace the bellows every 6 years, don’t you? There is maintenance to them.
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Old 11-22-2019, 04:13 PM   #26
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It needs to be tightened or repacked. If the packing is still good then you can tighten the bolts a bit and it will compress the packing which will make the packing squeeze the shaft more and stop the dripping. However if the packing is too old and is getting hardened then you can score the shaft which isn’t good. You can repack it if the packing is too old. How long have you had the boat and do you know when it was last repacked? You can repack it in the water but you will get a good size gusher of water when you remove the old packing. You will probably need a packing pick, kinda like a corkscrew to pull the old packing out. You need to know what size packing you need. I would recommend getting someone who know what they are doing to do it in the water the first time you are going to do it.
That's exactly what we did - hired someone to replace the packing while in the water - so glad we did! They had to heat up the housing and it took a while to get the old hard packing out - thankfully they had quoted me a fixed price for the work. Replaced with modern 'Gortex' type packing that can be tightened so no leaks necessary - and ours has a cooling water line anyway.
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Old 11-23-2019, 07:10 PM   #27
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Wow, just got back to checking this and thank you for all the replies and how to information. Gonna run down to the boat and take a look at it but I'll probably find someone who can help me with my first attempt at this. Thanks again everyone, I really appreciate the help and information.
Make sure you get all of the old packing out before putting in the new rings. The last ring can be packed in tightly, may break apart when you are trying to pull it out leaving a section behind without you realizing it. Could happen. Trust me on this.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:33 PM   #28
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Prepare your self with all tools required, gland packing, rags, functioning bildge pump etc and just do it, it is the only way to learn about your boat and your own capabilities I have done it many times without drama
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Several packing tool kits are available from Grainger too. Packing is commonly used in industrial pumps as well. Although I have never changed packing on a boat I have broken or partially straightened out several pigtail or pick tools, so you many want to have more than one ready to use to get that last 20 year old ring out. No matter what packing type we use we always let them drip to to make sure we don't over tighten.
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When I have tough packing...I just use long, fine threat drywall or decking screws....then pull them out with vice grips. Drive 2-3 around the shaft.



I have broken too many of the corkscrew packing tools to count.


I find with the modern packings, you can tighten so you get more of a wet ooze than a drip....stays cool and keeps the bilge dryer.
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