Med, thank you that's exactly what I was trying to say. I'm not against preventative maintenance, but not NOW. Now, I need to get the boat home. THEN I can do the other stuff.
To the questions about the stuffing box area, here are two pictures:
Like I said, maybe I'm missing something. By the way, yes, I do see the rusted hose clamps, and I do know they need to be replaced.