I'm really glad to have found this forum site! have perused a lot of the posts, and you all have some really great support.
I have a 1971 Morgan
33 that I dearly love, I enjoy doing as much of the work on her myself ( good thing too - saves a ton of $$$.
I recently pulled my engine
- an Atomic 4, and while I have that great big open space I thought I'd redo the shaft packing, while in the process of cleaning
up and getting ready; I noticed that the hose holding the stuffing tube to the shaft log looks kinda tired. I bought the boat back in 1992 and have redone the shaft packing once before. Now I would like to replace the hose securing the stuffing box but; being I'm doing this in the water
, i'm not too sure how much the water
intrusion would increase; if at all. When I redo the stuffing box I dive on the shaft, clean the shaft and area around the cutless bearing and pack plumbers putty around it followed with "Rig Wrap" tape to hold it all nice and tight to the shaft and cutless bearing.I also (paranoid little sailor that I am), put a line around the prop and secure it to a foreward cleat in the cockpit
" just in case" it decides to slide out ( a MAJOR "OOPSIE")
With those preperations I have only a VERY minor trickle of water when I open up the stuffing tube.
My question is - could I reasonably expect the same "minor water intrusion" OR -by removing the stuffing box do I through a imbalance on the shaft and create a " darn -wish I hadn't done that!" moment.
Would really appreciate any and all thoughts on this project
Mahalo (Thanks) to all