Stern gland repacking
QI have read your TB-Training website giving instructions regarding replacing the stern gland packing. I have decided to repack the gland using your ‘non standard’ method i.e. using one length of packing. I am not clear which way to wrap the packing round the shaft with reference to the direction of rotation.
Could you please clarify.
For example: if shaft rotates clockwise (looking from astern) when going ahead then packing should be wrapped (clockwise/anti clockwise.) STUART JONES
I am afraid I have never given a thought to that way of looking at it because it is so easy to simply wrap the packing around the shaft clear of the gland. Then run your finger round the shaft in the direction of ahead rotation between a pair of coils formed by the packing and see which way the packing forces your finger.
If your finger is forced towards the gland so will any water. This means you got it right first time. If your finger moves away from the gland then wrap the coils in the other direction.
Unconventional stern gland packing - it may leak.
See tb-training.co. uk notes for conventional packing.