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Haulout - Advice needed
I'm getting ready to do a haulout, and there are some questions I have about how to do some of the work. I'm planning to do everything myself; as yard rates in my area are ~$100/hour and it just adds hassle in terms of keeping people honest on rated time, etc. I'm handy enough to do most things myself and this is just a maintenance haul, no major work will be needed.
So here are some of the issues I need advice with. First the yard I am considering only allows wet-sanding. They provide air operated DA sanders to do the sanding. I have never done hull sanding with an air-operated DA; or wet-sanded a hull. This seems like a messy, cold operation, potentially miserable (at 40-60deg temp); and how would you keep the hull wet with water while holding the sander? Advice on how to do this is needed if you have experience doing this. As I understand; wet-sanding/burnishing by hand after rolling on the paint is preferable to get a smooth finish, but this is done by hand, correct? The paint I used 3 years ago was Interlux Ultra; which is a hard epoxy modified paint.
Next, what is the best method to remove a prop shaft? The shaft is coupled to a Borg-Warner Velvet Drive gearbox. Does the flange need to be pressed off with a special puller; and is there any concern for the flange getting frozen onto the shaft? Should I be putting a penetrating oil on the coupling now to help loosen it up?
What is a good method to hold the prop shaft held in place to prevent the shaft from rotating while removing the prop nut? Is a puller needed to remove the prop from the shaft also?