Thanks so much for your input regarding the Heritage/Nor'sea versions of the FC. You brought up a good point about the access to the stuffing box. I was looking at the limited number of Falmouths listed with brokers, and saw that one of them (Narwhal) did have this problem and almost sank. I think I might have even read it on your website! This design glitch does concern me and I am rethinking my choices for a small, go anywhere boat ..... but everything in me still wants the FC. She is too beautiful not to want! I know that if the packing gland does let go, things get wet. I've experienced this first hand on my Catalina 30 which led me to research the PSS dripless system. I decided against it because of some comments written in the Cruisers Form. That and the fact that adjusting the packing nut on a Cat 30 is no big thing. FYI;
When I last looked at an FC, I didnt think to look and see if any solutions might exist. Is there any place to cut an access hatch behind the rear bulkhead to get to the stuffing box? I'm guessing not, otherwise this wouldn't be a problem for all the current owners. I know that the "no motor" option is out there, but like the rest of the boats, they are far and few between.
So after all my ramblings on the subject, I guess my question is; How do you not let this bother you? Or ... is the worry always there and you just try not to about it?
Thanks again for the comments and keep artofhookie going! I look forward to reading the new blogs.