Re: Send packing the stuffing gland..
The traditional stuffing box is just not such a big deal. After 20 years, we replaced the stuffing material while the boat was in the water....worked fine and the new packing material is working fine. Hand tightened the packing nut to tune the drip rate. There are many other major projects you can do to "improve the boat". BTW, the boat was in the water at the time when we did this.