Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 30-04-2013, 21:12   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: San Antonio Tx
Boat: 27 Catalina
Posts: 34
GFO stuffing ??

I know this has been beat to death but Ill take a chance and getting kicked around. Bought a 27 Catalina and doing some dry dock work in my back yard. I really would like not to worry about the stuffing box drips. I realize that the first stages of repairs and getting on the water will require some attention and adjustments. It seems the GFO has the best feed back before going to more elaborate systems not to mention the cost. Ill need to replace the flex hose but the shaft and the packing box are in decent shape sorry no pics but a little TLC and it will look as good as new. This unit has seen some some salt water time but nothing like I have seen in some photos. Any input is welcome.

I have replaced the seals on a inboard ski boat and under stand the process but the drips of fresh water verses salt. If I can keep the salt out of the boat then its that much less of a chance for damage.

Thanks Brad

gasngo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-04-2013, 23:01   #2
Senior Cruiser
bstreep's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX/Port Aransas, TX
Boat: 1990 Macintosh 47, "Merlin"
Posts: 2,269
Re: GFO stuffing ??


We went with GFO on our last repack. It's been way better than traditional material. But, you will still get drips - that's part of the process. If you want drip free, look at other alternatives. I'm not fond of them, but many are.

Bill Streep
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX
bstreep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 06:38   #3
Registered User
S/V Alchemy's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Boat: Custom 41' Steel Pilothouse Cutter
Posts: 4,227
Re: GFO stuffing ??

GFO is a better packing because the impregnated Teflon allows less friction in the packing against the shaft. If a stuffing box isn't dripping, however (and opinions differ as to how much is enough), it isn't working. Without the drip, the packing would just get hotter and hotter, which can lead to problems a lot worse than a cup of water in the bilges. So get used to drips: You can slow them down, but if you motor a lot, that's a bad idea. If you motor for an hour and stop and touch the stuffing box and it's clearly hot to the touch, it's not allowing enough drips through, IMO.

I just installed a PSS in my steel boat as part of a total drive-train replacement. It's impressive to see ZERO drips in the boat, but it will cost you two to three hundred bucks to achieve.

Can't sleep? Read for fast relief. Can't read? Avoid, because it's just personal reviews of sea books.
S/V Alchemy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 06:55   #4
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 16,500
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: GFO stuffing ??

i use dripless packing in my ericson and my bilges are stone dry and there is no drip--yes it is working. and it is working well,thankyou,as it has been since 2004.
dripless stuffing is spozed to be just that--DRIPLESS..... enjoy--it works well.
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 15:11   #5
Senior Cruiser
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 9,135
Send a message via Skype™ to Jim Cate
Re: GFO stuffing ??

I too used dripless teflon packing on our previous boat. Was able to tighten it up until no drips dripped at all, and it ran cool.

So, put some of it in your packing gland, tighten it just enough to stop the drips, go out and motor around, checking the temperature of the stuffing box. If it gets hot, loosen it a bit and recheck. Not rocket science...


Jim and Ann
s/v Insatiable back in MBTBC marina, waiting for next eye jobs to be done
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:26.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.