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Re: Spring Maintenance
A direct drive engine is probably the most common set up with most smaller boats. This is where the output shaft of the engine faces the stern and connects directly to the shaft.
A geared or reduction drive (typically 2:1) is more common on bigger, heavier boats so they can swing a larger prop behind the boat.
With a "V" drive set up the engine output shaft faces forward and connects to the "V" drive gearbox which then spins a shaft that runs back toward the transom. With this set up parts of the drive train can be 'buried' underneath the engine making it difficult to work on the stuffing box etc without moving the engine. I asked because I was on a 36' Morgan that had the "V" drive set up.
Hopefully you have a direct drive set up as it is fairly straight forward to work on, depending on the boat.
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