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At the weekend I found the coupling plate on the gearbox output shaft didn't fit just right on the prop shaft coupling, the outside diameter was ok but the PCD (bolt holes) was slightly out and there was only four and not six. No big deal, I thought I'd just take it all home, slot the holes and of course pop two extra ones in, due to four not going into six, geometrically that is.
Having a bit of time spare today, I popped the shaft coupling on the Mill/drill, with it wanting four holes I set it up all square so I could just use the x-y index table to save messing about marking out. Using a slot drill to slot two of the existing holes and then plunge two new holes at 90 degrees. All went quite well until, I came to bolt the plate on the shaft coupling....arrrggg, (look of disbelief) two of the holes in the plate were miles out. After checking all my doings, I found the plate to be wrong, the holes are not at 90 degrees. Is it some boat yards don't know standard engineering practice, don't have the tooling to do the job or, just don't care. Or, am I missing something.
Not wanting to start making a new plate, I thought the best thing to do was, (what I should done in the first place) is bolt the plate to the coupling and drill through it. Wonderful thing hind sight!
You would have thought I'd learned by now, because everything on the boat is out of line, twisted or bent.