How many turns of the greaser?

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: Experts -

QAI have al­ways, out of habit, given the stern tube greaser five half turns. Is this too much? Is there a rule?

AU­THOR, via the CB web­site

TONY REPLIES… There is no rule: grease used de­pends upon tem­per­a­ture, wear in the shaft, bear­ings and gland, and how long you have been run­ning. I turn mine down un­til it stiff­ens and then a cou­ple more turns un­less it vir­tu­ally stops be­fore that. It could be any­thing be­tween three and ten or more turns. New shafts and bear­ings are costly, so don’t skimp on grease.

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