If the owner is as wrong about the "three drops/min" as he is about the 3 inch thick glass hull
, then there's likely to be a real need for the bilge
I too am unsure of your description of the shaft, but agree with Sam... a stuffing box is easy to repack, or just tighten up for that matter.
And in case I was too obscure about the hull thickness, there is no way that a Newport 30 will have that thick a hull. Perhaps around an inch at the keel
root and /or the stem, but likely less than 1/2 inch in most places. Either he was deliberately misinforming you or he is hopelessly ignorant about his boat,
Neither of these facts should scratch the boat off your list, but DO get a good survey
by someone not associated with owner or brokerage.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Salamander Bay, NSW, Oz enjoying some really crappy wx