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Help! Reverse now stalls motor
Am posting on behalf of friend. He recently pulled an Ericsson 32 to do bottom paint and replace cutlass bearing. Owner also reported bad vibration when motoring. The boat was ramp loaded onto trailer and both forward and reverse were working properly during loading (although with vibration). The prop was removed and cutlass bearing replaced with no issues. He noted that the shaft was touching side of shaft tube at hull - bad allignment.
When boat was splashed, motor started normally, but instantly stalled when put into reverse to back off trailer. Forward was fine. In slip, the motor was properly aligned to shaft once shaft was centered in tube. Still stalls motor in reverse only. When uncoupled, motor does not stall in reverse. When uncoupled, the shaft can be freely turned by hand both directions. Once recoupled, it stalls motor when going to reverse. In water inspection of prop, strut, etc. looks normal. We are stumped! Any ideas?