The port stuffing box/stern gland totally defied attempts at tightening despite repacking 16 months back. The leak became a trickle. So we had to slip/haul her. To get to the gland, the hot water tank and the plate it sat on required removing. Previous repacks, 2 in 3 years, were done with the added difficulty of it in place, so I won`t entirely blame previous shipwrights for 3 layers of cord, when it really needed 4. Not leaking now,hoping for a long and happy life.
Fact remains, it is silly to build over something that needs access. I`ve heard horror stories of boats needing holes cut to access spark plugs on gas engines at the first service, and of removing a/c units to service a genset,so it could be worse. The starboard side,hidden under 2 battery boxes containing 55kg 200ah batteries, is ok so far.
Island Gypsy 36 Europa "Doriana"