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Re: Leaking from the shaft

As above, it is just a matter of backing off the locking nut and tightening the gland until you get about 3 drips a minute at rest. Then tighten up the locknut.
[B]DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN[B] as the water is the cooling for the shaft.
However, you are headed for a lot of trouble if you do not clean up that rusty coupling. The green patina on the bronze is nothing to be overly concerned about, but that coupling will cost you the really big boat bucks if you let it get too rusty to undo.
Keep your engine and drive train connections clean, well lubricated and rust free or you may end up spending more than the boat is worth on a new engine, transmission, and running gear. And do not overlook your engine mount bolts, for they must be free to align your engine, which may be (the engine not aligned) part of the reason your shaft is leaking so badly.
You have a bit of work in front of you, but that's part of the joy of boat ownership. lol

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