So made the attempt at the stuffing box, had no luck. At least it wasnt bad luck.
Its leaking pretty bad now, probaly about a gallon an hour at least I
have the blidge pumps.
Im unsure what to do at this point. The rubber hose looks kinda iffy, the clamps are deffinatly past their normal serivce life. Its scary, if I put any pressure on the shaft in any direction it doubles the flow of water into the boat, Im guessing the packing that was in there has all but rottedt away. But my problem lies in that for the life of me I could not break the jam nut loose on the stuffing box. I soaked it with pb blaster, 2 or times. It was difficult to get in to position to get both spanner wrenchs in position once I did I was able to put a pretty decent amount of pressure on them and it didnt budge. I tried holding the jam nut and twisting the packing nut, then holding the packing nut and twisting the jam nut. Its really driving me nuts not being able to fix this, I build engines in 100k cars for a living and cant replace some little waxed rope
on a 30 year old boat
I need to decide what to do.
Get someone out there who knows what they are looking at.
Get a diver buddy to come out and catch the prop shaft and plug
the hole so I can
replace the hose and the clamps and re do the packing with peace of mind .
Move the boat to a yard if I can find one close enough to have the boat hauled, and just have the bottom painted and the stuffin box and through hulls replaced
(paint was done in dec 07 acording to the date written on the hull
, seems to be holding up)
find some one from cruisersforum in the keys looking to make a deposit in their cruising kitty that is willing to crawl around in a foreign hull.