Until then, our boat is around 200lbs lighter, and is quite happy. The shaft is still in place so I'll be tying down the shaft so it wont spin when under way. As for the engine
, well this coming weekend I'll be able to go take a look, tear down the lower end and evaluate it and see how bad it truely is.
you might want to take the prop off the shaft. getting underway will put quite a bit of force on it tying a line to it of putting a wrench on it can lead to some unwelcome consequences. possibly leading to a bent shaft.