Re: Rudder Stuffing Box Packing Material
Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)
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Should any grease be used when packing in the new material from Amel?
SV Trilogy SM23
I wonder if you might have had a deteriorated old style flax packing in your stuffing box? That material will break down and become weak over time so does tend to break into pcs. If you use a modern fiber packing I think that you will find that the packing rings will come out in one pc. as it is quite strong. I am glad to hear that the specialty tool worked better for you.
I used your suggestion to get the majority of the second ring removed. It worked, but it was a slow and tedious process as the material was only coming out in pieces,
Thank you for referring me to the Palmetto 1101 tool. I used it today to remove the last 25% of the second ring as well as the third ring. What took me a few hours was accomplished today in about 15 minutes with this tool. I highly recommend it.
All the best,
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
On The Hard - Severn Yachting Center - Hayes, VA
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