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Mmcdiarm

We just went through this proceedure over the winter. The shaft that to be shortened. A good machine shop will be able to cut down the shaft (coupling end) and broach a new keyway for you. Measure carefully! We installed a Vari-prop which is produced by a German firm. The J-prop would have been a first choice due to design considerations. We were able to locate the Vari-prop locally at a price we couldn't refuse. After the shaft was cut, we were able to just get the prop into the aperature between the end of the shaft and the rudder. When installed on the taper, the prop hub is about 1/4" from the shaft log/cutlass bearing. It worked out quite well. We opted to install a dripless shaft seal during all this. As an extra perk, we can actually steer while backing up now. That alone was worth it.

Cheers,
Mike & Jenny
W32 #645 Namida

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