I recently purchased a 1989 Catalina 30
with a Universal 25 HP diesel
inboard. I've had it delivered where we motorsailed 36 hours and then out once for a couple of hours. I finally figured out where the stuffing box is between the engine
compartment and the companionway
. At the dock
, I started the engine
at idle and moved the clutch
forward to get the shaft spinning so I could check the amount of water
dripping past the stuffing box into the bilge
. All I saw was what appeared to be possibly steam or vapor, and not much of that. After I shut down, my wife did the finger test and claimed that there was some moisture on the shaft.
So it appears to me that I am not getting enough water
past the stuffing to lubricate the shaft. My question is, does it make a difference if one is under way, somehow increasing the water amount/pressure on the sea side of the thru-hull? Or is it a valid test to make any tests and adjustments turning the shaft at idle while moored?
I have read Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com
which is great, esp the advice on using PB Blaster.
Also, in the ensuing discussions, I forgot to close the thru-hull fitting to the engine heat exchanger
before I left. Wondering how much danger
I am in of sinking if I fix that in the morning!!!