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Stuffing Box Sea Trials and Test Sail - Feb 2017

posted 27 Feb 2017, 02:10 by Geoff Head   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 08:40 ]
Forecast: Southerly 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots this evening. Sea slight. Fine.

Crew: Geoff

Took Halo out to sea trial the readjusted stuffing box. Previously dripping once per second when stationary.


Tried various adjustments to find the optimum point of between too tight (where it overheats) and too loose when it floods with water. According to Phil at Strait Marine it should drip once per 40 seconds when running and that it needs to be adjusted up to 5 times before your get it right. 

Now seems to be working perfectly with just a small puddle of water under the engine after an hour mucking about in the harbour.

Also did some tests on the mainsail trim following reading this article:  http://www.nauticed.org/sailing-blog/stopping-rounding-up-dead-in-its-tracks/
Not really enough wind to prove the theory but good practise anyway (and a great afternoon to be out in the harbour).