Rudder shaft stuffing box

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Re: Rudder shaft stuffing box

Postby Brasilia » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:28 pm

Hi John,

sorry for the late reply.
I hope you already succeeded but, in case not, here my experience.

I lifted the clamp up to free the woodruff key: in my case there was not enough space downward to free up the key.
When I did it, moving the clamp up has been the toughest work. Though, the hardest have been the first few millimeters: after it came up easily.

But, before lifting it up, I cleaned and polished the woodruff key (the part reachable above the clamp) and the shaft, with a 1200 sandpaper.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Rudder shaft stuffing box

Postby Mallemuk » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:48 pm

Thank you for reply with helpfull information. I have managed to dismantle all necessary parts successfully and shall now change the old 6 mm seal and put things together again. Things were pretty stuck and called for a heat gun, tools and a lot of patience together with the skills of an acrobat.
Hopefully this will stop the leak from the rudder shaft.



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