Originally Posted by CarlF
Given that you are fairly new to this stuff, I would not touch the stuffing box. It is likely to be corroded and hard to turn. You also need two wrenches to loosen it - and know which way to turn. Mainsail
has a good set of pictures that covers also changing the packing.
Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com
A dripping stuffing box does no damage. Even if the bilge pump
broke, it would take a long time to bother the boat. The drip keeps cool aerated water
around the shaft. A slightly too tight stuffing box can destroy the shaft from overheating
or galvanic corrosion
- a really expensive repair. Let a yard do it. They may have to replace the packing. Or better have a knowledgeable friend show you how. But there's really no hurry if this is the only source of water
Instead, install a backup 2nd bilge pump
higher than the old one on it's own float switch. This will protect you from other mysterious leaks
if the existing bilge
pump or switch fails - which they do with alarming frequency. While you're at it, install a loud alarm
in the 2nd pump circuit that will get attention if it ever starts pumping.
I will call tomorrow and ask if they repacked it. My guess is they did, they are a pretty high end engine
So for today's adventures in sailing, there was a Be utiful sunset. And then I ran aground. I see people at my marina run aground weekly. We have this weird channel and outside it it get shallow. I throw this out there because when I got back my bilge
pump kicked on and made noise
but nothing came out. I stuck a hose down there to add some fresh water, wondering if I got some mud in there from running aground, and after a while, maybe 15 minutes of making noise
, water came out like normal.
Do you think running aground had anything to do with this? Anything I can do to prevent it becoming clogged in the future? There is actually no way to get to it. It is about 3 feet down, below the plastic tray the engine
sits on. I can't even see it, just the hose that comes from it, which doesn't look old.
you should mention it, because there is a square opening further back from the engine and this pit of doom, and this part slopes down to the pit. It has my lightning
thing, the wood and metal block contraption that has the wires that come from seemingly everywhere and another bulge pump higher up. Nice!
I'm going to go ahead and leave the stuffing box alone. It doesn't look new, I can see two big nuts, but they are blue. Unless it gets worse I think I'm sitting this one out.
I did however look at the prop shaft while sailing in neutral and it wasn't spinning.