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Hurth HBW-5 Transmission
I am "sailing" new waters with our Santana 30, and am asking for help/advice. The slipping tranny has passed from a semi-functional state to reverse only! Now begs the question of what to do...I've read the horror stories regarding Foley, and am hesitant about spending the thousand + dollars for a new-rebuilt transmission. The Hurth HBW-5 is connected to a Universal 5411, and appears to be straight forward process for its extraction from the "engine compartment". The prop shaft is equipped with a dripless stuffing box.
I am asking for opinions as to the options for the removal of the transmission ...is it less painful to pull the boat, disconnect the prop and move the shaft aft 6-inches to get the transmission/bell housing assembly off of the engine, or slide the engine forward to gain the 6 inches to remove the bellhousing and tranny without pulling the boat out of the water?
Since i am not a contortionist, my game plan was to gain access into the engine compartment via the port side with the removal of the port side engine side....unfortunately, all of the electrical systems are mounted to the inside and will necessitate a systematic ID and then removal. With te port side engine compartment removed, i can access the transmission via the "berth" on the port side.
Any recommendations for a reputable mechanic to rebuild the HBW-5 in the Baltimore / Annopolis area? Any words of wisdom or local knowlegde that is appropriate for the task at hand?