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I remember reading about doing this but can't find the article or link.
From what I remember, the idea was to do the change in as shallow and clear water as possible. The plan was to practice a few times using snorkel and mask and practice the moves several times.
When they were ready, 3 folks did the job. One watched for dropped pieces and collected the removed pieces, the second held the parts in proper order, and the third did the actual work. They were able to get the stern into a few feet of water with the bow kissing the sand at almost low tide. I think the idea was the to concentrate on on set of tasks, eyes fixed on the task.
Since this was a complete replacement, it might have been easier than replacing a blade or some small part. These guys pulled off a fixed pitch prop and replaced it with a feathering one. It went well but they had to adjust the pitch a couple of times.
No doubt it'll be easier with scuba or at least a regulator in your mouth but it can be done.
Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/C.I./M.I. 500-ton Oceans
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Last edited by oceanscapt; 06-23-2010 at 03:51 PM.