OK all ...An update and perhaps a problem?
I had the boat hauled and had a new stuffing box hose installed. It was a Bock Algonquin with super 50lb. torque double clamps to hold it.
I've launch and as it was a no wind
day, I motored to my slip, about a two hour trip and at only 1500 RPM
. Upon checking the stuffing box while under way, it was dripping quite a bit which I expected. I have assumed that as I use the boat motoring, I'll have to tighten the stuffing box as the flax seats itself. The drip was about 30 drops per minute. But what has me confused is that the stuffing box was quite hot. I could not keep my had on it. I measured the temperature with at laser temp gun, and it was 140*. It stayed at that temp and did not go higher. Once in my slip with the engine
off, I checked the dripping again and it did not drip at all.
Any thoughts? Some how I think that the stuffing box should not be that hot.
Thank you in advance for your input.