Tartan 27' owner
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What is the shaft made of?
You should try to determine what material your shaft is made of. We found that our 43 year old shaft was made of bronze and was badly worn at the Cutless bearing - so not worth the trouble trying to get it out in one piece. A Sawzall with a metal blade made light work of cutting the shaft for removal.
Apparently, back in the day boat builders used bronze shafts in many boats as it was cheaper then stainless. Today, a stainless shaft will be cheaper and easier to find then one in bronze.
I thought our drive train area was cramped but yours looks worse. You are not alone in tackling this job over the winter. What fun, eh?
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