Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] rudder post packing nut size
Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)
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Hi Kent & Iris, and the Amel community in general,
Sorry I cannot comment on the shelf life of the packing material but I do have a question regarding the packing nut and stuffing box. A small leak was noticed after our passage from Panama to Nuku Hiva. Just wondering if there's anything special with tightening the nut. My plan is to fit a large wrench, give it a ~1/8th turn and tighten up the siezing wire. Is it that simple?
I know other stuffing box designs sometimes want a very slow drip to help with lubrication. Maybe that is only for propshaft stuffing boxes? Just want to make sure I understand the Amel design before doing anything. Should it be 100% leakproof and dry?
Photos attached to show what it looks like on Trilogy.
Mike & Hannah
On Mon, 29 Jul 2019, 08:47 karkauai via Groups.Io, <email@example.com> wrote:
We are stocking up on spare parts for our S Pacific cruise. I am wondering about shelf life of the packing for the rudder stuffing box. In 10 years I have only had to tighten the nut about 1/8 turn to stop a small leak. It’s 20 years old so I want to be prepared if I need to change it. Will this packing last indefinitely? What if I vacuum seal it?