View Full Version : Shaft seal (rope stuffing)

04-09-2010, 01:15 PM
I've replaced the rope stuffing on the shaft before on a DD, but how in the world do you get to it, to replace it on a V-drive.:confused::confused:

Not even my 100 lb, 5'7" son can seem to get his hands in there to do this.:mad:

04-09-2010, 01:24 PM
1. Don't replace it. Instead, buy a reliable bilge pump or two.
2. Pay the dealer to do it.

I've done it on mine, and it was a PITA. Might be a bit tighter on yours.


04-09-2010, 01:58 PM
I've been leaving the bilge on auto, so every other time (or so) we take off, it kicks on when the water rushes to the rear.

I agree, it is a PITA!!!!!

04-09-2010, 10:46 PM
You may want to try simply tightening up the packing nut.

Of course, on my boat, that's 90% of the PITA of replacing the packing.


04-10-2010, 09:22 AM
Shaft Packing for me was pretty simple. I used a shaft removal tool then slid the shaft about 2' and Removed the Packing Nut.

Then while sitting in the shade and with a razor blade, cut the packing at an 45 degree angle so it would overlap the Diameter of the shaft. It requires 3 rings of packing with the cut staggered so the cuts don't line up.

Reinstalled the nut, put back together, and took to lake. Checked drip rate and tightened the nut accordingly...

good luck

04-12-2010, 08:33 AM
MS-Man, I'm not following you, I can't even get my hands in there to work on this???

04-12-2010, 04:54 PM
First of course one has to put the side boards of Engine compartment flat.

Then Loosten Larges Nut next to Gas Tank on a V-Drive, and 4 stainless bolts.


Remove propeller

Loosen, packing nut


Using Shaft Removal tool. Slide shaft back about 2' remove Packing nut. Make sure you buy either ROPE or better GORTEK shaft rope. Different lengths for 1" shaft and 1-1/8th" shaft

Follow following proceedure

04-12-2010, 04:57 PM
Why would you need to remove the prop to change the packing? I don't have a Vdrive so I don't know.

04-12-2010, 05:56 PM
Why would you need to remove the prop to change the packing? I don't have a Vdrive so I don't know.

He's suggesting that on a v-drive the packing nut should be completely removed from the shaft, which makes it easier to remove the old stuffing rope and repack the nut. However, removing the shaft coupling and prop is a lot of work, and still requires quite a bit of dexterity on v-drives. There are still some benefits to having that big motor box in the middle of the boat.