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It depends on what kind of stuffing box you have. Is is a dripless stuffing box, like a PSS? Is it a standard stuffing box with a "low-drip" gore-tex packing? Is it a standard stuffing box with the regular flax packing?
Halekai has a really good article on stuffing box maintenance/replacement on his website
. He also has one on the PSS Shaft Seal dripless stuffing box.
A normal stuffing box, with either type of packing—gore-tex or flax—shouldn't drip when the shaft isn't moving, but should drip a bit when the shaft is turning.
I'd check it at least twice a season. If you don't, the chances of badly scoring the prop shaft are pretty high... the chances of sinking the boat aren't that high, but definitely go up if you neglect this.
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her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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