Thank you much for the input.
So I couldn't get enough horizontal play with the shaft to get past the skeg. I originally thought it was the flange attached to the deadwood that prevented the movement, but it was the internal shaft tube that is unreachable and is original. There's no touching that.
I reached out to the designer
and he confirmed that the engine should be lifted to pull the shaft forward. There is no removal
of the shaft aft. So we lifted the engine, pulled the shaft.
I'm still working on getting out the flange that is attached at the deadwood/bulkhead. I have not sawed through the rearward projection of the flange, just around it. It was not bolted in, rather glassed (even in the holes where bolts were intended).
Per our yard guru, I'm going to use heat, torque and some finessed impact to jar it loose. It has to come out as we need to install a new log to house the stuffing box.
As for the engine, I am considerably more familiar with her.
I will be having a few things fabricated/replaced as things were damaged in the removal
Shaft Log (flange at (deadwood/bulkhead)
Shaft (too much damage to the previous one to be salvaged)
Flexible Shaft coupling (R&D marine)
Basically all of the stern gear
I'm just glad we're in yard in Bellingham rather than out and about.
Engine Mounts (R&D) need to be replaced too.
My next flow of work
will be tending to the engine items. Pumps, Alternator
, Belt, Hoses, Wiring
, engine compartment, etc.
Thanks for all the input and for any other words of wisdom going forward.