It's not as bad as your brain is trying to make it out to be.
1) find out the size of the packing.
2) go to the store and buy that size and one each size larger and smaller
3) go to the boat and check that the electric bilge pump
4) verify the manual bilge pump
5) verify the cord is pulgged in and the battery charger
6) spray the packing gland
with PB Blaster
7) using the correct spanner wrenchs or pipe wrenches loosen the packing gland
This is accomplished by holding the hex closest to the engine
and loosening the lock nut that is next aft.
8) unscrew the cap closest to the engine
. water will start coming in the boat
if this bothers you, grab a beer
and get back to work. That's why you checked the bilge
pumps in step 3&4
9) when you get the nut off dig out a round of packing, ONLY ONE ROUND.
10) screw the cap with the OLD packing back on so the water
stops coming in the boat.
11) take the old packing and see which of the new packings is closest on the smaller side.
12) cut three rings of new packing using the shaft in the boat as your measuring guide don't use the first piece of packing as a guide
13) unscrew the cap, MORE WATER
= MORE BEER
14) remove the rest of the old packing
15) start insertin one piece of the new packing so it's fully around the nut.
16) turn the nut 180 degrees from the slit in the first piece
17) start inserting the second piece just like the first
18) turn the nut 180 deg
19) start inserting the third piece as the second
20) reinstall the cap and adjust drip rate to no drips with the shaft stagnent and 4-6 drips a min with the shaft rotating.