1. The Dehler has a slightly unusual arrangement for the prop shaft as the engine sits on top of the keel. That means that the prop shaft is well forward.
What you see here is the view of the underside of the hill, the P bracket, and the shaft going in to the hull.
This leads to the question - what is stopping the water getting in through that hole in the boat? The answer is what is known as the stern gland.
Re-packing a stern gland in the water can be very exciting because it usually causes a rush job due to water inflow. So obviously it's a lot easier - and less stressful - to re-pack before launching.
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