Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: Experts -

Q My boat-builder usu­ally fits a wa­ter lu­bri­cated type of stern tube, but I am more used to the tra­di­tional grease-filled stuff­ing type of gland and apprehensive about any pos­si­ble re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues and ease and cost of main­te­nance. Do you have thoughts or sug­ges­tions?

GE­OF­FREY, via email

A TONY REPLIES... Go to the mak­ers’ web­sites and look up what they say about what main­te­nance will be re­quired for their stern glands. Note if there’s a need to be out of the wa­ter for any main­te­nance and the fre­quency re­quired for that. I am not con­vinced that rub­ber shaft bear­ings are ideal for use in muddy, gritty wa­ter.

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