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Prop Shaft packing

Discussion in 'Props, Shafts & Seals' started by finman, May 25, 2004.

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  1. finman

    finman New Member

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    We have a 54' 1996 Bluewater with twin 502 inboards. The port side prop shaft packing is leaking. Is there any way to fix this without having to pull the boat out of the water.

    Thanks,

    Finman
  2. farbo

    farbo New Member

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    packings

    You did not tell whether you have dripless or standard packings. Standard packings need to drip to lubricate the prop shaft (about 2 drips per min.) or so.
  3. finman

    finman New Member

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    Sorry.

    I believe they are dripless because the other one is not dripping at all. The one that is leaking is a steady stream of water.
  4. brianwill

    brianwill New Member

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    Have you tried tightening the leaking stuffing box? If you do, make sure you tighten the nuts symmetrically. The box shouldn't drip when the boat's stopped, it should drip a few drips per minute when under way.
  5. brianwill

    brianwill New Member

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    Finman,

    How are you doing on the stuffing box--did you get it tightened?
  6. finman

    finman New Member

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    Yes tightening it up helped the leak.
    Thanks for checking back.

    Finman