No, that's not far-fetched. I put a simple ABUS hose clamp between the coupler and the stuffing box on my Viking 33, plus a second one between the cutlass bearing and the hull. Shafts spinning out happen more often than people admit. My wife did a delivery in June where the shaft actually BROKE about an inch aft of the coupler...a clamp forward of the cutlass bearing kept it in the boat, and the water (mostly) out.
As they were offshore at the time, this was a good thing.
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