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After re-stuffing the box....

I followed the instructions on the following link Re-Packing A Traditional Stuffing Box Photo Gallery by Maine Sailing at pbase.com) and restuffed my box last month. Today I motored around for the first time since launching, and of course wanted to check the number of drips per minute to see if I needed to tighten up the nut or what? What I found though was a pile of blobs of what I thought were grease, maybe wax, piled up below where the shaft comes out of the nut. The first time I checked there were 2 or 3 blobs piled up. The second time the blobs were piled up right to the shaft. As the current was running against us and the channel not too wide I didn't want to shift into neutral to feel how hot the nut was, and I forgot to check it out once we were moored. Is this a normal thing that happens to a newly packed stuffing box? By the way, I saw no water drips.
Thanks for your help.
Bruceyp of the Hannah Lee (So Happy to be back in the water!)
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