Thanks for the feedback. The boat is in the water
......I went down today and loosened untill water
was coming out. Then I tightened the stuffing nut untill it stopped dripping. I then tightened the locknut being very carefull not to let the stuffingnut rotate. It stated dripping again!
I think my stuffing box threads are stretched...I'm going to buy a dripless seal online tonight.
I did take the hose and stuffing box all the way off and slide them down the shaft....the water comes in past the cutless bearing quite slowly and I feel confidant that I can install the dripless seal in the water.
Thanks for all the help