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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
So far, they don't know. The insurance company wanted two things: 1) an estimate to diagnose the cause of the problem, and 2) a "worst case" estimate of what it would take to fix the problem. The marina isn't sure yet whether the transmission is shot or not; if it isn't, a good chunk of the cost goes away. Similarly, if pulling the engine out and replacing the damping plate is easier than they expect, then the cost comes down.
The complicating factor here is the way the engine compartment is laid out. The engine needs to be slid forward, into the cabin, to allow access to the bell housing. It could MAYBE be done without sliding the engine forward, but the lost productivity time spent hunched over the engine, hunting for tools, etc., is probably going to exceed the cost of moving the engine. If I DIMS, I don't see me being able to move the engine out, so I'll have to pay them to do that. I know I want them to put the engine back (so it is properly aligned). So, in the end, I don't know that I'd save a whole lot in labor charges. If you are right, and it's only 9-10 hours, then that will bring the bill down by about $1400, which would be fantastic.
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