Good day everybody.
I've read this interesting conversation about servicing/adjusting the rudder stuffing box.
We've found a little leakage from the rudderpost and, based on your experiences, we would try to simply tighten the nylon nut instead of removing the quadrant.
I'm referring to the cut-to-size wrench photo posted by Eric of Kimberlite.
Since we are in Italy now and plan to fly to Cuba, would prefer have the wrench made before leaving and need then the sizes for that.
Does anyone have these sizes ?
We plan to sail from Cuba/Hemingway to Panama/St Blas early april.
Will be pleased to smoke a cigar with any amelowner overthere.
Thanks for your help
SM2000 OCEAN BIRD n.468
now in Cuba
, wrote :
As Bill mentioned a slight turn on the nut will stop your leak. I would have someone cut a short wrench for you out of aluminum plate. There is a photo on kimberlites section in the photos section.
You need a large wrench and there is a small area to work.
You just turn the nut till the leak stops and then align the nut with locking plate and you are done.
Repacking the rudder stuffing box is tedious as the packing is rather hard to remove. I used a flat screwdriver as a chisel to remove all 3 rings of packing.
I would suggest you get the packing from Amel as it is already precut, also a spare nut.
It was suggested by dow corning to use Molykote silicone grease it is specially formulated for packing.
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
Just tighten the nut about 1/4 turn and you will be fine
On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53 PM, thomas.kleman <no_reply@...
I own L'ORIENT, SM2K #422, currently in Bonaire. I have a very slow drip from the stuffing box that increases somewhat in sailing conditions. I have read every post twice regarding this topic and hope the "old salts" can shed some light on this. My nylon nut under the quadrant is secured in place by a siezing plate (two screws) so a small tightening turn would involve re-siting this plate. I'm due for a haulout in about 6 months.
My inclination is to give it a small tightening turn and see if that improves things. My understanding is that with some finesse, this maneuver can be done without removing the quadrant and attachments. Can someone suggest a grease or materials used in repacking this if/when it comes to that ? If a better approach exists I'm all ears. I'm aware that a lot of things get broken on boats when over-reacting to small problems. Thanks.