Originally Posted by Comodave
If the boat is still on the hard then I would stop trying to align it until after it has been in the water for a few days. Then see what it is doing. I do a simple alignment before it is launched but then wait a few days and do the real alignment.
I redid the shaft, cutlass, stuffing box etc.... on a Lehman 120 last season. Cant agree more to have it in the water. Your talking such small amounts that having hull flex could be the difference.
Additionally, i was very conscious of the alignment of the work I did DURING the installation of the new cutlass, stuffing box etc......
I don't want to seem like a negative person, but you could be trying to fix any misalignment of the new parts that were installed. (I mean, i was so damn anal about alignment checking at every step. I did one item at a time and rechecked the alignment for each item installation.).
It took longer than it should ( I did it out of fear, lol) since I was totally afraid of the alignment part. (Never did it before)
Once everything was done and aligned right (minor twerk to the rear mount port mount horizontally) I redid the motor mounts last. Easy peasy.
Again, not being negative. The question is, “how the hell is the alignment that far off?” Its not like its a new boat, or new motor etc....