Esper Refit 35 – PSS Dripless Seal; LED Dimmer

where the shaft enters into the boat

Dang the varnisher’s back, as are the electricians. The sparkies have finally installed the LED dimmer switch and it looks good. Dang is preparing the boat for its last coat of varnishing whilst I remove the old stuffing box in preparation for the new PSS Dripless Seal.

Weekly Video Round-Up

It’s a short one this week as I was off ill for three days, but I answer Boyd Goldie’s query about the nav station area.

The return of the electricians

The electricians, after four weeks off, have returned. They got cracking with the LED dimmer and lighting configuration in the saloon. I don’t have many photos this week so check out the video clip to the see the lights in action.

Electricians aboard Esper wire up the saloon LED lights

Electricians aboard Esper wire up the saloon LED lights

We have a new sparky too. His name is Nut, where the ‘t’ is almost not pronounced, if that makes sense. He can speak English too, which is always a help. Here he is making lots of notes:

Nut the electrician

Nut the electrician

Removing the stuffing (packing) box for the PSS Dripless Seal

The stuffing box is the case that sits around the shaft at the point that it enters into the boat through the hull. It works by constantly greasing inside the case, which combines with a small flow of salt-water to lubricate the spinning shaft.

Removing the stuffing box

The downside to a stuffing box is that a drip of every one second has to be allowed in order to lubricate the box. This means you soon have a bilge full of greasy salt water. Enter the PSS Dripless Seal.

PSS Packless Dripless Shaft Seal

This rubber gland slides over the shaft entry point in place of a stuffing box. It has a carbon end with rubber o-rings that slides onto the shaft itself. Each seal is constructed to order as the carbon end has to match the shaft diameter and the rubber gland has to match the tube that enters into the boat.

Dang’s Back

Just thought you’d like to know. He’ll be preparing inside for Esper’s final coat of polyurethane varnish.

Dang the varnisher

What’s Next?

Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha for the next few days. Jia, the yard manager, warned me some of my workers may not be in for a day or two next week. Turns out none of them will be in until Thursday!

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2 Comments on “Esper Refit 35 – PSS Dripless Seal; LED Dimmer”

  1. Sad news on the cat front but your dilemma is not unusual for foreigners in Thailand. I just wonder where those kittens ended up?

    So, I am expecting with the lighting onboard to have a really good light show for New Years 2014/15.  The outside lights should be on remote control and with lots of experience in lighting you should be able to outdo the New Year Patong fireworks show.

    Looking good….



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