|I have a neighbor that has a mid 90's direct drive Mastercraft. His packing gland is leaking and he wants to change it out to a dripless packing gland. |
I haven't really ever had to deal with a packing gland since I have had dripless in my boats so I can't really answer his questions.
Can this be done and how hard is it to do?
Thanks in advance for the help
|It is not too hard. Be sure to spend the cash on the extraction tool. It is like a modified corkscrew. It will make the job much easier and quicker.|
|gramps do a search for dripless and you'll find lots of good info on your question. I did the same thing on my 95 Mastercraft it wasn't to bad to do. Make sure you get the one that doesn't need water to keep it cool. |
|Seems like you'd have to redo the engine alignment afterwards (that still scares me). |
I used to think the dripless setup would really help longevity of the hull, etc. by keeping the bilge dry until I remembered that the ice chest drains into the bilge, so there'll always be water in there anyways :-)
|I did it in a early '90's Tige' DD. It was a fairly simple change out to the PSS system. Call Discount Inboard, and order the parts. They helped me over the phone when I was a bit confused about alignment. |
Turns out the aligning was quite easy, as everything bolted back into the same previous positions.