I have a 1971 Ericson 32 that I am getting ready to put in the water. I bought it part way through a restoration and the previous owner had several things taken apart. It looks like he replaced the stuffing box and hose as they both look new (shiny brass and fresh looking hose.) He said the packing that he got was wrong. It looks to be 3/8 but tough to tell. He never put the nut back on because he said with three wrappings it didn't have enough threads to put the nut back on. I got on an Ericson specific forum and they said to use 1/4" packing which is what I ordered (GTU.) When I put the packing inside the nut and it appears to be undersized. There would be a bit of a gap around the shaft. My real questions is, should there be a slight gap (1/16 ish) and does the packing compress when you tighten it and fill this gap? If you couldn't tell, I am new to boats with an inboard so I have never had to deal with this before. Is the gap intentional to allow the adjustment of the seal? Should it be snug from the get go without being compressed?