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I certainly don't plan on the stuffing box gland being inside the skeg, its quite a shallow skeg, all things considered. There should be enough length as i have seen an aquadrive installation with a 1gm10 on a boat with less room than this. (Newbridge Corribee).
A possible idea i have for alignment i have just had is to, bolt stainless angle onto the engine bearers, this can be bolted sideways through the bearers, and the top can be drilled and tapped for the mounts when i have the dimensions.
Then place the engine dead centre within the boat and affix something straight (i.e. broom handle that isn't warped) into the gearbox output flange, the engine can be slid back along the bearers until this contacts the hull, this is my stern tube location. (Obviously measure thrice, check twice, cut once!)
I can then bolt the aquadrive onto the engine, and the shaft onto the thrust bearing of the aquadrive and shift everything about until i have the shaft as central as possible and the engine as close to the aquadrive centre of movement as possible. (i.e. if it allows movement 2.5cm in either direction when in the 'middle', as close to that as possible.) the aquadrive can then be solidly mounted in place and the p-bracket location determined.
After this i would again try and align the engine as closely as possible and mark the centres of the mount holes on the angle steel, remove it, drill, tap it. Jobs a good 'un!
Obviously that theory will need tweaking... can anyone see any major problems?
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