On my visit to the US I bought some of the 'dripfree packing' material that looks like green putty/clay. As described in the book by Nigel calder the stuff is put between two rings of conventional flax packing and should provide a dripfree seal, without the need for grease.
However, my stuffing box also incorporates the forward bearing of the propshaft.
After the bearing a flexible coupling connects to the gearbox.
That bearing should be greased right? There is a grease line fitted to the bearing.
Does this mean I should not use the dripfree packing? I am confused.
I would like to avoid the greasy mess I had before...