Originally Posted by sanibel sailor
Had not considered this approach, just disconnect the coupler (bolts look a little rusty to me), tilt the engine to slide the shaft forward. Could likely be done with the boat afloat with a bit of clay around the cutlass bearing...
If you can do it, it works. Check the shaft under the boat for a collar zinc, or zinc on the shaft that may impede the shaft from pulling forward once you've got the engine raised.
I've done this it does work. Not a lot of water
comes thru the gland in the water
, you can just tie a rag to the shaft and slide it up to seal the water off.
As for the rings of flax packing in the gland nut, you can just use 1 continuous length of packing material to pack the gland instead of 2 or 3 sets of rings.
It's a bit easier to install in tight quarters.
Not exactly the proper way but service
life is the same.
That coupler looks very ugly, don't trust the alignment of that part to the trans coupler after disassembly, check it.
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