The question is will the prop shaft clear the rudder skag when it is reinstalled from the outside?
The potential of the problem came up with our CSY 33
. We thought we might have had a bad cutlass bearing. We didn't so we were happy. On the CSY 33
the shaft has to be removed by pulling the engine out of the way so the shaft can come out forward. Have you asked on the topica CSY
owners forum? The pilot house 44's were very rare as only several were ever built. The 33 was the 3rd most rare model and the pilot house was second. You can get tips on pulling the engine from the owners group. Many have pulled them. Unless the shaft is off center you won't be pulling it out the back.