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Some boats have to have the rudder removed before the propeller shaft can come out. This is one of the reasons that Sabre built many of their designs with offset shafts. Their rudders don’t have to come out. It may be possible to install the new seal on your boat without taking the shaft out all the way, but going over the whole thing with your mechanic to explore all the options would probably be a good idea.