well thanks for all the 'clews...' (1) as to the claim --we are in PA at a government
marina which requires as a condition of mooring
the boat there that no one can sue them.(that is state law in PA to reduce lawsuits, you can sue only for 'road design defects' or auto accidents where a state official is driving etc...(this marina is worth it, very inexpensive slip fees
and 7 miles of sand beach etc..)
(2) BUT....the closest topnotch mechanic
is 2 hrs each way to the marina, at 90$ an hour...charged for travel time and work time both
is a $1000 deductible and since i have a 30 year no claim history
, i'd be out $1000 deductible AND lose my $280 a year 'credit' for no claims.. and if i just hire that mechanic i bet i'd be close to $1000 for him to do the whole job.(pull cutless, pull shaft, replace w/ new shaft, reinstall cutless, reinstall prop... and it would be out of my pocket, not the ins co's.. and then what if something is not right, when i haul in next year i have to deal with the faraway mechanic again...
(4) i pulled the ABYC prop specs and mfgr supplied prop specs, and i know how to get a decent 316 s s shaft made to measure, but 1st i have to get the cutless bearing out. mfgr says it is very easy to remove prop shaft if cutless brg is out. standard design , shaft exits keel thru log and enters p bracket, cutless is in good shape and solid in p bracket but prop shaft is definitely bent at outboard
4 inches or so . boat is 5 yrs old, p bracket and cutless are in fine shape . too bad i c an't say the same about the prop shaft...
(5)as a retired engineer
i ought to be able to jimmy up a pusher that would fit inside the p bracket and allow me to push out the cutless with an assortment of the weird tools i have been collecting for 50 odd yrs... but i am hoping not to reinvent this wheel
and just come up with references
for a simple design i can do my self. boat is on the hard for winter so need not fuss, i'll be working in sunny 50-60 degree temps for the next month. i'll look for some nice little bolts that might make removing the cutless really easy haha. not my luck to have such..
next month or so...
(6) will check out the cutless references
etc you kindly sent, and make some suitable plan. fortunately the mfgr is very helpful and prompt - Nauticat of Finland
, boat is a 321 pilothouse sloop