Originally Posted by preservedkillick
1. Any quick checks or tests to get a general idea that it's fine (for the season).
2. Once in the water, I can tighten or loosen the nut to adjust, but water will gush in if I remove?? Correct?
Assuming that it really is a stuffing box - there are variations.
It should drip occasionally.
You are correct, if you remove the water will gush in.
I would check it while the boat is still in the sling.