Originally Posted by Gene :^)
I think more people don't have dripless because:
1. it is a retrofit for most
2. when it fails you have a flood (all or none deal)
A traditional stuffing gives more problems overall, but less severe than the flood. Also can be jury rigged anytime, easily (rope, cloth, whatever) to make it home.
Have a bit of "experiance" with a dripless stuffing box.......
Went accross to France
on a mate's small semi displacement
Motorboat for the weekend......the day we were coming back realised that the Auto Bilge pump
was coming on and off too much...fortunately before we left the dock
.......lifted the hatch
and soon enuf saw that the rubber seal had split, not pouring in - but enuf to be glad of an electric bilge
Unfortunately no Marine Engineer
workshop or easy haulout facilities in the area - yer want quiet and peaceful Village yer also miss out on other stuff
- something would have been doable to arrange, but not easy or quick. or cheap!
We decided to put the engine
, just to see what happened
....predictably the water p#ssed in a lot
quicker.....much discussion was had about how much water and whether the bilge pump
was winning or not!
Mate was a relative newbie and wanted to "give it a go" to get home 12 miles or so - but would have deferred to me on a firm no.......probably not the most prudent decision I have ever made (but I have a long history
) - but I came up with "f#ck it - I'll give it a go - not my boat, and anyway it is insured".....
So we set off home to Jersey - with me mainly staring at the shaft p#ssing in water and the bilge pump
running continuously. Occassionally the Skipper
would come and have a look and we would mutually reassure ourselves that "It looked ok"......boat usually cruised at about 12 knots - but we found that around 6 knots was the speed where the bilge pump could cope. We figured that lubrication was not an issue
Got home safely and gaffa taped the joint up with plastic bags - and fixed up an engineer
Looking back, I shouldn't have made the trip - usual safety gear
aboard except no liferaft
.......but the inflatable dinghy
was ready to go!!
But nice for me to know it can
be done.......even if never recomended to anyone else.
Mate is selling now (the above was a few years ago), want's to buy an aeroplane............