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Re: Propeller Shaft Log

Stuffing boxes do not usually fail catastrophically but if you don't know when it was last re-done and it is warning you now (eg., not dripping but pouring) it is time to replace the packing. Packing is cheap, ~ $25.
Start spraying a penetrant like PB Blaster, or ATF on the nuts now and allow to it sit for a while, days even. The nuts will move eventually with the right tools and lubrication.

A very temporary fix would be to stem the leak from where the shaft exits the boat on the outside (underwater) using candle wax, Butly tape or whatever works.

G'luck.
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