Thanks so much for the great replies....
Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anyone locally who knows anything specific about Bukh
saildrives. There is one local Bukh
rep, but for various reasons I cant (wont!) deal with him. So im left with my reliable diesel mechanic
and the collective wisdom of this forum !. To be honest, Ive found the information Ive received previously on this forum much better than any of the "professionals" locally.
My other issue is access to slipping/hard stand. Slipping costs here are painful, and a three days on the hard
to pull pulling bits out fiddle about will cost $1000 straight up. Then once I find out whats wrong, there is the lead time to order parts
etc (which usually have to come from overseas), which will require an additional haul out
Even just to swap props (which I hadnt really considered - thankyou!) will be a $500-700 job.
Ideally, Id like to take an educated guess at what is wrong, over engineer
the solution (just in case!) and have it all ready to go so I can have it slipped and fixed in one or two days.
Can anyone take a stab at how much labour is required to replace the entine SD unit ? Does the engine
need to come out ? Or can the SD be dropped out the bottom through the hull