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Nothing should be adjusted without redoing/rechecking the alignment too. It sounds like a couple of mounts are in rough shape and should be renewed.
If you have a conventional stuffing box then removing the engine and tranny in the water is no big deal, esp if you're able to use the boom and tackle as a hoist. We've done it a couple of times.
If you have a dripless (PSS) style seal than you need to worry about that - once the engine and gear are removed there's no pressure on the seal and bellows anymore....
It does sound like a Re & Re might not be a bad idea, you could tend to these issues, give the works a good clean up, and maybe change some seals and gaskets while you're at it.
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