I have a Westerbeke W33 with a Hurth HBW100v Vee Drive.
I would like to remove the prop shaft to replace the cutlass bearing, repack the stuffing box and replace the stuffing box hose.
I could swear I once read that it is possible to remove the prop shaft into the cabin. From what I can see of the transmission, that seems to make sense. The shaft coupling appears to mate with the transmission. Am I correct in assuming that I can remove the prop and anode, unbolt the shaft coupling from the transmission, notch the 'cabin sole' so the coupling has clearance and pull the prop shaft, including the coupling, into the cabin?
(The boat is on the hard for the winter
If that sounds okay, I'd also like to clarify the following; upon reinstallation, do I need to worry about alignment? Will the transmission coupling and shaft coupling realign?
I did a lot of research before buying this boat, including researching the engine and transmission. I believe, during that research, I saw that the shaft could be pulled into the cabin and that upon reinstallation, I would need to use a feeler gauge to ensure correct alignment. I made the mistake of not bookmarking my research sources and cannot confirm my memories...
Thank you, in advance, for your help!