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Faster is correct. The gear in your pic does not look exactly like the 'traditional stuffing box' pictured in Mainesail's project gallery link I posted earlier.
If your stuffing box is dripping a lot and can't be tightened any more to stem the flow of water with the shaft at rest then you already needed to replace the 'packing' material. If the packing material is 5 - 10 years old it probably should be replaced. I would hate to have this kind of problem pop up on my trip back up north to Canada where I might be motoring for perhaps hours at a time.
I hope you have a great trip on your way up the Chessy, the coast and the Hudson to home. Sounds like a fun trip.
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