728Re: Any News?
- Feb 8, 2000In a message dated 2/8/00 1:26:50 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< Thank you for your answer. I have a slight language problem with
the technical terms; by packing flax are you referring to the yarn
that is also used for plumbing? If so why 'diameter' and did you
grease the packing in some way?
By packing flax, I was referring to the material that is used inside the
packing gland that keeps the seawater from leaking in around your engine
shaft. This same material is used to seal the rudder shaft in the area that
I mentioned before in my previous message. It is generally sold in any
marine store in about 1/2 meter lengths and in many different thicknesses.
It may be very similar to plumbing flax but as I remember, plumbing flax is
the thickness of string. Marine flax is much thicker than that. I have the
correct size because Camper Nicholsons supplied it to me and had already cut
it to the proper length to fit around the rudder shaft. I would have to
measure it for you next time I'm on the boat but I would estimate the
thickness to be between 7 and 10 mm thick. I used this to repack my rudder
packing gland last November during a haul out.
I'm sure the people at your boatyard can help explain this better than I have
but if you have any other questions please ask.
CN 35 -68
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