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C-27 shaft packing seized on shaft?

I own a recently purchased 1973 Catalina 27 with an Atomic-4. My first inboard. The packing seal housing is spinning on the shaft and the water drips out the rubber hose behind the housing. A snot-like substance also drips out of the hose as well (no other way to put it). I pretty sure this is not how it's supposed to work..
If it's seized what's the fix and can I do it in the water?

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Mike
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If you're going to have to cut and pull the packing seal housing, I would definitely haul the boat out of the water for the job. The snot like substance is likely packing seal grease mixed well with water. Unfortunately, if the seal housing is really seized...then I think you're going ot have to pull the prop shaft.

While you're at this, you should probably replace the cutlass bearing as well.
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