Proud owner of a new-to-me Islander 29. Spent the weekend tearing things apart, cleaning
, and finally took a short test sail. When we got back, there was a new noise
, a dripping noise
. About a drop every 1-1.5 seconds.
I found the source, and it's the stuffing box. It's rather corroded, as you can see in the picture.
Obviously it's overdue for maintenance
. My questions are:
1) Can I try to clean the stuffing box threads off and tighten/adjust it in place without making things worse? Can I do this in the water
or am I pretty much hauling out asap?
2) What is the hose connecting behind the stuffing box? It ties into the raw water
3) This has inspired me to install an automagic bilge pump
; in the photo
, the corrugated hose in the foreground is from the installed diaphragm
manual bilge pump
, and it runs into the bilge
below the stuffing box. I presume this is the lowest point in the bilge
and where I should install the pump; would I tie it into the same outlet hose at some point? I can probably research
this on my own, but wanted some ideas from the experts.