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Old 06-04-2010, 15:10   #1
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Shaft Seal/Stuffing Box Adjustment

Dealing with shaft seals is new for me, so I apologize in advance if this is a dumb question. My problem is that there is not enough hose over the stern tube to accommodate 2 band clamps. The inside clamp is on the hose, but not securing it to the stern tube, so there is really only one clamp holding the hose on. Should I be able to simply loosen the packing nut and the outside stern tube band clamp and then move the entire works back on the stern tube so that both clamps can be secured?

Also, what is the best method for cleaning up the (mostly) green crud off of the stuffing box?

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Old 06-04-2010, 15:39   #2
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the green crud is protecting the bronze from further corrosion. unless it's really making you nuts dont't bother, it'll be back anyway.
For the hose.......well, if the hose is in good shape, not adhesied (sp) to the tube, and is long enough, and you don't mind getting wet, and feel that this is something you want to try.......go for it.
The potential pitfalls are a dried out hose cracking while you mess about in your slip far away from a travel lift and unable to stem the flow of water. Then again the hose could be new, and just as you guessed it will just slide further onto the tube to take both clamps.

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And if the hose is old, dried up and cracked it needs to be replaced anyway.
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Old 06-04-2010, 16:16   #4
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The hose should probably be replaced, but I am no where near a travel lift. We will have to move the boat a considerable distance to get it hauled out. It would seem prudent to do something, but at the same time I am a little reluctant to get too aggressive...

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