Are you in some sort of hurry? How long has your stuffing box been like that? Soak it down with PB Blaster and keep it soaked down. Wrap a rag around it, soak it down, wrap it in plastic. Leave an oil change
pan or something underneath so you don't get oil
in the bilge
. Let it keep soaking for a week or two. Softly, softly, catchee monkey.
When you are ready to go for it, make sure you have something on hand to plug
things up, just in case. I know a guy who busted his stuffing box... he ran (literally) to the walgreens a block away and bought some play-dough, jumped in the water
with no mask or snorkel or anything, and sealed the shaft tube from the outside. I imagine by now he has fixed it right, but the first thing he did after he stopped the water
gushing in was to have a drink or three. That's quick thinking under pressure. Anyway, try slugging a wrench with a hammer. Make sure you are turning in the right direction. You are less likely to break something than with brute force twisting with 36" pipe wrenches or something.
I have this thing about heating
stuff up in the engine
compartment of a small sailboat. I just don't do it. But I love to hammer on stuff. It is very satisfying and often it does some good.
No joy? Still not in a hurry? Wire wheel
the exposed threads (use face protection!) and soak it down for another week. Try again. If it doesn't come loose this time, leave it go until you haul the boat
out, unless you are braver than I am. You will have already tempted fate enough, I am thinking.
how yards charge more to haul you out when you GOT to get hauled out right now, than when you have just been sorta thinking about a haulout for a while and you were just wondering if yard A is cheaper than yard B, and how much do you think it will cost... Avoid emergency
haulouts when possible.
This would be a good time to install a backup bilge pump
. With a float switch, a separate battery
and a solar
panel. Especially if you don't live aboard and might not visit the boat
for a while. Otherwise, a small leak isn't gonna hurt anything if it hasn't hurt anything already.