Out of Alignment

11 Mar

What do ya’ do, when the back-end of your engine is lower than the front end of your prop shaft?

Wait a minute…we need a quick review…

Remember, back in November, we finally put Bushranger back into the water (after being stuck on dry land for more than a year).  We then abandoned her for a few months for some well deserved R & R. Well, we’re now back at it, and are checking on a few things.

For example, did you know that the shape of a boat changes depending on whether it is in or out of the water?  Yep, that’s right….she ‘flexes’! So, when we put the engine in Bushranger, she was out of the water…now she’s IN the water.  So, that engine that we stuck in last year needed a bit of tweaking.

So back to my original question: what do you do when the back-end of your engine in lower than the front end of your prop shaft?

Answer: you fabricate some ‘shims’…

...that's what a couple of shims looks like...

…then you borrow one super-duper jack from Terry Jones, the Boat Doc…

...that's a pretty hefty jact to lift that 700 pound engine...

…that’s a pretty hefty jack to lift that 700 pound engine…

…and jack up that Yanmar engine…

…and slip those shims right under the engine mounts….

...and another view of Boyd putting the shims under the engine mounts...

…this is another view of Boyd putting the shims under the engine mounts…

Tah-dah!  All in a day’s work…

One Response to “Out of Alignment”

  1. Dianne March 11, 2013 at 15:44 #

    I was gonna say…call a chiropractor??? But I see Boyd has things very well under control!

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