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Old 15-10-2013, 18:33   #1
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Rudder stuffing box repacking

The stuffing box for my rudder is very difficult to reach, to the point I don't really know if it is leaking or not. To access it I will probably need to remove the steering quadrant. So how often should it be repacked? What is the best packing material to use for a rudder?
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Re: Rudder stuffing box repacking

We used the same packing as the shaft. Gore material is my favorite. The rudder should very seldom need repacking since it doesn't spin like the shaft. You Don't say how old your boat is, but it is probably original. It might only need some tightening. Chuck
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Re: Rudder stuffing box repacking

It's 29 years young.
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Re: Rudder stuffing box repacking

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It's 29 years young.
IMHO, repack.

Edit: reason - it will allow you to inspect the rudder shaft.
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