Removing the Propeller Shaft
Remove the rudder on lift out or after lift out by digging a clearance hole underneath the rudder.
Remove the propeller and cutless bearing and unbolt the gearbox coupling. In addition to four bolts there may be a set screw through the side of the coupler. If a clamp type of coupler is used inserting a wedge into the split of the clamp and tapping the wedge with a hammer will slide the coupler off the shaft allowing the shaft to be completely withdrawn for inspection.
If a lip seal is fitted great care must be taken not to damage the lips whilst removing the prop shaft.