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To do it myself or not ?

Hey guys,

I need to replace a front engine mount and the stuffing gland (rubber tube behind the box around the shaft) I almost broke a wrist replacing the o-rings that hold the gland in place last spring ad noticed the rubber felt very thin.
I will need to remove the rudder and all the associated gear to get the shaft out, as well as lift the engine up to get the mount replaced....
I am wondering would it be folly to attempt this myself, or should I book an appt. at the local yard. If so, any idea what it would cost for such repairs ?
Thanks for any encouragement, sobering thoughts, or laughs !
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Re: To do it myself or not ?

It all comes down to time and money. And or your abilities and desire. I like doing my own work. But if I had money, others would be doing the work. So I will assume from your question that you are able and do desire to do it yourself. If the engine only needs to be lifted and not removed, I'm sure you could rig it.

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Re: To do it myself or not ?

You didn't mention the boat or engine, but I'll guess anyway for fun - assuming its a normal 25-40' boat I think you're in the $2k territory within +/- 300%.

That's what I'd expect for my boat and I'd probably go with a pro given my limited experience in the area of engines etc.
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Re: To do it myself or not ?

What kind of boat?

I did all of this work myself two years ago. Specifically I;
  • dropped the rudder
  • removed the prop
  • removed the shaft
  • removed the coupling
  • removed the cutlass bearing
  • removed the shaft log
  • replaced the motor mounts
  • replaced the log with a PSS Shaft Seal
  • replaced the cutlass bearing
  • replaced the shaft
  • replaced the coupling
  • had the prop polished & balanced
  • re-installed the prop
  • re-installed the rudder
  • realigned the engine

You can read about that here: Contemplating a drive line overhaul

Take your time, and do it well. If nothing else, you will know who to blame if anything breaks.

To replace the motor mount, either take a trip to a local junk yard and look for a Honda Civic, or go to harbor freight, and get a small scissors jack. The Civic uses a very small (like 2" vertical) jack that should fit under the motor. The one that I bought cost me $10.

Good luck, and post us here to let us know how you made out.


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Re: To do it myself or not ?

I installed the PSS seal too and manufacture recommended, and sells a kit, replacing the rubber boot every 6 years.

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Re: To do it myself or not ?

This is one of those kinds of questions where I figure, if you have to ask, then the answer should be "no." That is, if it were something that you should be tackling on your own, you'd know it; you wouldn't need to ask.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do.
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Re: To do it myself or not ?

The biggest piece of that job is dropping the rudder. If you can deal with that, I would say do it yourself. I've done that several times on boats up to 30 foot with a tiller. Bigger job on larger boats with a wheel.
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Re: To do it myself or not ?

It's often not the complexity of the job, but the lack of the proper tools that prevents DIY, I'd give it a go and see what happens. Worst case you end up paying someone to finish the job and as long as you don't just go cutting and hammering everything in sight, you shouldn't make the job any harder than it would have been.

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Re: To do it myself or not ?

Why do you have to get the shaft out?


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