I cleaned up the old (probably the 35 year-old original) stuffing box on the wire wheel. Although it’s scared, it still works. The threads are still good, and it assembles/disassembles easily. Also, it appears that the new flax/stuffing I used two years ago is virtually still new.
I am so impressed with any boat part I’ve used that was bronze. This stuffing box would have been a mass of corrosion beyond renewal if it had been stainless.
Since childhood I’ve been a sailing and boating enthusiast. I grew up in Florida and had the great blessing to live on lake-front property. It seems as though a great deal of my growing-up years were spent on or in the water. I swam, dove, skied, sailed, fished, skim-boarded, and played ten months a year. The other two months were a little too cool for being in the water, but I often fished then. My adult life arrived. Years of study, work, family and responsibility flowed by. Almost on a whim, I bought an 18 foot day sailor – and I was hooked. We’ve had several boats since then – including a ski boat when my boys were more interested in speed than going slowly. We now have a Watkins 27 coastal cruiser. We sailed her in Jacksonville, FL, then trucked her up to Maryland when I got stationed in Washington DC.
We love sailing the Chesapeake, and we love time spent on the boat. I happen to like all the maintenance aspects of boat ownership as well, so owning an old boat fits me: lots to repair and maintain!
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