I confess that as someone who prides myself on my sailing prowess, I am pretty ignorant when it comes to drive systems beyond general concepts and rudimentary maintenance
I have done some searching and found a variety of slightly different approaches to performing engine
alignment that leave me with even more questions.
As someone currently repowering my sailboat the first time by myself I am hoping you would share your own experiences on this subject.
So far I pulled the engine
on the dock
using the boom before hauling to save time out of the water
and once on the hard
I did most of my demo with a sawzall and a grinder rather than wrenches including cutting the old shaft and stuffing box.
I've since done my prep on the strut and engine stringers and will be dropping the new engine starting and performing the initial alignment on the hard
before towing back to the slip before finishing the job over the next couple weeks.
Despite my ignorance I get it that engine alignment is critical to performance.
I also understand that beyond the initial alignment, a follow-up alignment after the break in period should be performed but wonder if this is common knowledge amounts new boat owners?
And further that poor engine alignment is often overlooked as a culprit when people have problem with vibration or other issues?
Seems like something anybody who wants to could learn and would be good to know. XYZ axis, why the mystique? It ain't like rocket surgery of brain science is it?