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Compass Marine How To | all galleries >> Compass Marine How To Articles >> Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box > Getting Ready To Dig Out The Old Flax
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Getting Ready To Dig Out The Old Flax
April-15-2005

Getting Ready To Dig Out The Old Flax

In this photo I left about an inch between the male end of the stuffing box and the female nut. This is typical of the space you'll have on many production boats like the Catalina 30 & 36.


*WARNING: If you have not attempted this type of DIY job before it's best to do it with the boat out of the water for obvious reasons. With the female flax nut removed water will flow in to the boat from between the male end of the box and the shaft!




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Carl Beall 10-Dec-2012 22:58
I am at this time digging out the old seal on a twin engine 29' wellcraft. A small person must lay on ones stomach, craw inder the deck to get to the stuffing box. I have researched for the number of wraps (2or3) around the shaft. On removel the port shaft had only one wrap. On the starbord shaft there are 3 wraps. Does any one know what the correct number of wraps is? On an Owens that I serviced many years ago, It took 3 wraps to be level with the threads. I bent an ice pic forming a 3/4 hook to dig out the seal.
Sid 01-Jun-2010 21:19
Your description is great. I have a cataline 38 1981. Steven and Spartman design
Question is how much water can I expect coming in? Will it rush in uncontrolable?
JIm Heath 18-May-2008 16:15
Excellant series. Very helpful.