Step 4: Cut three rings of packing with a sharp utility knife using the shaft to measure length and also to find the correct angle for both cuts to meet along the arc of the shaft. If it’s even slightly long, the packing won’t fit into the stuffing box—a tiny gap is fine.
When you’re a boat designer, you deal with all kinds of people, from hard-charging CEOs to dreamers. But they all must follow the laws of physics. Our Sightlines columnist Michael Peters lays down the law.
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