Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
You may be able to do the work you need to do without removing the engine, which saves both time and money. Remove jack and support the engine, remove the tranny, shaft, etc, rebuild replace as needed. reinstall, jack the drivetrain to replace mounts, align shaft, go.
Start advertising now on CL and surfing the web for a good used gearbox or complete drivetrain. By placing wanted ads, you have more control over the price you will pay for the parts you need.
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