Hands-On Stuffing Box Tips

Photos By Capt. Vincent Daniello

Propellor stuff box DIY maintenance toolsStuffing The Box

DIY stuffing box maintenance saves dollars and makes sense.

Propeller-shaft stuffing boxes—often the only holes below the waterline without a valve—can quickly deteriorate from a slow drip to pouring water. Repacking your own isn’t hard when the boat is out of the water, and once you’ve done it, emergency in-water repairs aren’t hard either.

This article originally appeared in the September 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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Bonus: Follow these step-by-step instructions for servicing your stuffing box.

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