I’ve been on winter break. . . which ended today! Back on the boat for a couple of hours this afternoon as it sits in the boat yard, I spent some time crouched over the engine disconnecting the engine/shaft coupling. Why? Because of something I should have done 2 years ago when I had it all apart. I knew at that point that the shaft was pitted and worn in several places, like where it spins at the packing nut and cutlass bearing. Why didn’t I get a new shaft made at that point? Can’t really answer that question, except to say that I was just muddle-headed. It would have saved me a fair amount of work this year decoupling the shaft.