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Bolts Loose
April-15-2005

Bolts Loose



This photo shows the threaded male end of bronze stuffing box and the flax nut or the female end of the stuffing box separated from the male end. The white PVC pipe is my mock up of a fiberglass shaft log.


The rubber hose connects the bronze stuffing box to the boat and must be replaced periodically. If this rubber hose cracks, and starts leaking, it could sink your boat. Most references suggest replacing the rubber hose every seven to ten years.

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Chester 03-Jul-2013 22:06
What type of rubber hose to you recommend ? With wire / without wire? Exhaust hose / other type? Preferred brand and product name / number? Thx.
hawaiisailorboy26-Dec-2010 21:03
I would like to change the hose on the shaft log but need to do it in the water. when I change my packing I seal the outboad side of the shaft with plumbers putty then tape over it with "Rig Wrap" tape that holds underwater, my inboard leakage is very minimal - do you think it would be way worse if I took off the entire stuffing box? I have the engine out so I am working in a clear area and unobstructed shaft end.