you will not sink. even without the towels.
you will be skeereded witless, so prep well. place tools ..all you may and may not actually need, where you will be working....
then get the pad on which you will be kneeling or whatever,.. mebbe one for gut also, as positioning is wak in this job.....it is difficult to concentrate on working when ye feel you are being deliberately sliced in half, slowly, with a blunt object.
once you get the nut off or loose, you will know how much water will come into boat at one time... i hope your pump is on or auto, as if you drop something into bilge
it may come in handy until you put all back together again.... should be only about as much ingress as 3 young boys after having drunk 3 cases of bad beer
and peeing into bilge
ok now the stuffing. i hope you have teflon kind. you can over tight that and no worries. is considered dripless packing. it is awesome. measure it before you get stuffed into the cranny you need to stuff self into to do this, btw....
somehow, get he stuff into crevasse required for stuffing. not too much and not too little.lol. have someone teach ye how much or watch maine sails
presentation....or read above.....
sail prolly has a beautiful step by step presentation, as he is good at those...i am giving the reality one.
you are now an inverted pretzel, and in pain .... if i had been you, or i was there meself, i da found smallest leprechaun i could possibly find and pay him to do this work.
so. is your bilge pump
on yet.....is your big wrench next to you???
you will be fine. watch maine sails
presentation, but not until after you read this ...lol
post with pix, follow up, please.
ye wont sink....
atoll is smart and sensible also...so is sailmonkey...good tips for ye.
ps...second time is easier so if ye mess it up isnt any big deal. ask how i know...rodlmao.....