Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thermocouple Thermometer

The digital thermocouple thermometer leaves no doubt as to the temperature of a shaft bearing, shaft stuffing box, and engine. Other uses would be air, ocean, reefer, and roast temperatures.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Voyaging Tip #21 :Shaft Packing

Measure propeller shaft packing by looping around the shaft then finish off the ring by cutting the ends to meet at a 45° angle vertical to the shaft. At least two rings will be needed with the cuts of each ring placed on opposite sides of the shaft. Remember to remove all the old packing from the stuffing box using needle nose pliers before inserting the new packing. Caution-do not spiral wind a single piece of packing around the shaft which will bind in the stuffing box and ultimately score the shaft.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Voyaging Tip #20 : Secure The Becket

Secure the tail of a becket bend (sheet bend) with a clove hitch under the eye for extra insurance against slipping loose. This is a must when using new slippery double braided line.