So, there is this thing, we call it “The big rusty thing”
The big rusty thing (aka the coupler that connects the propeller shaft to the transmission) is broken.
Back in the day (last July) the rusty thing failed on us in the middle of the Gulf Stream. With a little, or possibly a lot of help, we discovered this by completely taking the coupler off/apart to see it up close and personal, post-failure. After several attempts to remove the stubborn rusty thing properly, it came down to cutting the prop shaft itself for extraction. It was a sad, and terrifying moment. Were we excited about it? No. Were we going to sink right there at the dock? No. Did we want to sink right then, right there? Maybe. Are we completely being held hostage at this dock until further solutions? Yes.
It’s a long story, and you probably are feeling like there was some way… some how… to remove this coupler without cutting the shaft. Some kind of better solution maybe? Well, there wasn’t. We now have a new (not rusty) “rusty thing” en route, and should have enough room on the original prop shaft to reconnect the new coupler. We are pretty sure the cause of the couplers failure, was due to our misaligned engine.
TO BE CONTINUED. I have videos of this whole process, unfortunately the internet has not been friendly enough to let me share them with you.