Archive for January, 2008

Upgrades & Repairs

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

stuffing box

  This morning I just picked up my new packless shaft seal (i.e. a modern  stuffing box). The picture above is it sitting on my desk at home after taking it out of the box. For those of you who don’t know what the heck a stuffing box is, I’ll explain. The shaft from the engine of the boat to the propeller extends through a hole in the bottom of the hull. To allow the shaft to spin and keep water from entering, stuffing boxes are used. In the old days, these were literally wooden boxes stuffed with materials to keep it watertight ( hence the name). (more…)

Boat Repairs ( continued)

Sunday, January 13th, 2008


   I took advantage of this January’s warm spell and got down to Mattapoisett to work on Galatea. The first order of business was removing the bottom paint down to the barrier coat all along the hull where the lead keel connects to the fiberglass stub (as the picture above shows).  For anyone not familiar with modern sailboat keels, they’re basically one solid piece of lead fixed to the fiberglass hull with stainless steel bolts and 3M 5200 epoxy. (more…)