Thanks everyone for the info/advice.
The boat is already out of the water
but not strictly for engine
work/replacement. Although appropriate for this time of year anyway, we hauled out the week before Hurricane
Sandy hit to begin a major 18 month refit
. I bought the boat in Maryland
in June, then sailed it home to Massachusetts
with my girlfriend. After living aboard
for two months we hauled the boat, pulled the rig and bowsprit
for repair, and are hauling the engine from the boat this week. I'll pull the shaft for inspection
, which won't be difficult past the cutout in the turned rudder
, and have the crane at the yard to the heavy lifting.
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