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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?
Servicing Your Stuffing Box - BoatTECH Guides by Don Casey | BoatUS
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.
Should not leak when the engine is stopped.
Just two to three drops a minute when underway.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.