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Replacing Oil Pan

I wanted to title the thread "things my mechanic tells me" but though I should get straight to my point.

After a 2-hour quoted job required 4 days of trips, some work was done on my 1985 Catalina 30, M25 Diesel. I'm losing faith in the highest reputed mechanics that will service my area without charging trip fees . Then, it seems like they find a new problem every time they see the boat - they told me that the oil pan is rusted badly and needs to be replaced.

In my head, I'm thinking about car engine oil pans and figure it can't be that big of a deal and don't want to pay more labor $$$, I tell them okay let me think about it.

I'm researching, and I keep seeing that it requires removing the entire engine!?

Is this true? Any other options?

Semi-sarcastic: Can I just spray "Flex-Seal" on the bottom of the pan?

Any help is appreciated so I can wrap my head around this.
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