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Re: Beneteau shaft coupling
if you're in a good boatyard the ground will be compacted rock-solid so dropping the rudder requires raising the boat, often higher than the usual jackstand points, which means calling for the lift. $$. All it takes is money right?(G)
Might anyone dare suggest that EVERY joint, every connection, every fitting that may need to stay done, or get undone, needs antiseize or Loctite (as appropriate) on it? I've had that with exhaust fittings, once they were antiseized it became effortless to replace parts in the future. Instead of the perennial "Oh we had to cut away..." routine.
And going back to the original question of "how" I still swear by freezing instead of heating. Torches set things on fire or detemper metal. Pack 'em with dry ice and alcohol slush, or freeze them down with a CO2 bottle or other means, and stuck stuff gets unstuck pretty reliably. Costs more than a torch job, costs less than buying new parts.