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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Originally Posted by capta View Post
Nicely written tale; I enjoyed it, thanks.
A packing gland should leak a little bit, maybe a couple of drips a minute in the slip and a bit more under way. The water lubricates the packing. It needs to be tightened periodically, so check it every now and then.
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Should not leak when the engine is stopped.
Just two to three drops a minute when underway.

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