Re: Stuffing box drainage path
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We installed a water sensor alarm in this area.
- Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
cruising - Vista Mar, Panama
[mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Thomas Kleman
Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:34 PM
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Stuffing box drainage path
As I write this, I want to be clear that a) my stuffing box
is dry thanks to copying Eric Freedman's stuffing box extension idea and b) I'm
not contemplating changing anything on my boat (SM2K 422).
My question is more of a "why is it designed this way" question.
There are a handful of normal paths for water to enter the boat. They all lead
to the bilge or out of the boat directly. Chain locker and bow
thruster....plumbed to bilge. Main mast furler wire loop.....drains in bow
shower. Cockpit....to the scuppers.....but the stuffing box area just overflows
into the starboard lower cubby in aft and all over floor. This, when that area
would have been a downhill run under bed and into aft shower. Seemingly
consistent with the other areas if it drained that way.
I suspect that the designers felt it was important to spot the first gallon of
stuffing box leakage by making it obvious, but bow thruster and chain locker
water buildup are arguably also important.
As I said, I would never change something like this. Just wanted to understand
more about the design theory.
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