Wots my stern seal?

pcatterall

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I thought my 'new boat' had a conventional stuffing box ( this is a mid 70s Neptunian with a 4108 installed.
I had seen a copper pipe coming from the gland to the engine room and assumed that there would be a greasing point there.
Investigated today and find that the copper pipe goes onto the raw water side of the cooling system. I noticed that there should be stop valve at the gland end but the lever has broken off ( I guess that I can drill out and refit something there)
What is this system? how does it work and what maintenance does it require?
Thanks as usual.
 

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Could be an Aquaseal which can have a water feed to lubricate the mating surfaces and flood the gland/tube and cutlass bearing. There is no stuffing box or greaser.

The seal is between the revolving bronze ring (held in a rubber slieve on the shaft) rotating against a bronze disk on the stern tube.

A really excellent seal requiring the minimum amount of maintenance.
 

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I think I will have to post a photo! but it sounds like it must be the Aquaseal type. Would the raw water be drawn in then pumped out via my raw water system or is my raw water ( or at least a small part of it) being pumped out via the bearings. Is that small broken valve to stop the chance of sea water getting in to the boat. I guess that it has been left open otherwise the bearings would be in a bad state by now?
 

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Yes VYV, I did look throughyour very useful site I'm sure mine must be a bog standard one of some kind and thats its just my ignorance!!
The engine was taken out quite recently though so perhaps there is something a bit more up to date installed.
Photos coming but not till I return from hols though!
 

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Yes VYV, I did look throughyour very useful site I'm sure mine must be a bog standard one of some kind and thats its just my ignorance!!
The engine was taken out quite recently though so perhaps there is something a bit more up to date installed.
Photos coming but not till I return from hols though!

"I'm sure mine must be a bog standard one"

Thats called a sphincter! :rolleyes:
 
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