F33 Packing Gland Size

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F33 Packing Gland Size

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Just reaching out to see if anyone knows the size of the packing gland for a F-33? I have the boat out of the water for the winter and I have a decent leak around the shaft when the motor is running.

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Castaway has a Volvo shaft seal; the current one is about ten years old and doesn't leak at all. It's fastened to the shaft log with a stainless steel hose clip, and the other fits closely to the shaft, which must, of course, be smooth. It needs greasing every time the boat is launched, and also the air has to be let out, since it is water cooled. I suppose that, if it failed, the leak would be disastrous, but they are widely used and regarded as safe. Much less trouble than a packing gland, I think, though I had no trouble with the one on my previous boat.

Impressive progress shown on your "so it begins' thread!
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Thanks for the info and compliment. I had to take a few months of a break due to a medical issue and hope to get back to it - slowly. Winter is here so that does put a hamper in the pace of progress and COVID-19 has not been any help. The boat is on the hard for the next 6 or 7 months. The only time the shaft leaks is when the engine is running. And noticeable worse when in gear.

Our main goal is to make the engine and associated items as sound as possible. If I have money left over then a new main 1st then mizzen 2nd.
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Could someone tell me what size packing is needed for the original packing gland. Just bought a Freedom 33 and log leaks alot while motoring. Regards, Jude S/V Sea Orc
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