Bow thruster shaft removal



I am trying to service the Bow Thruster and following the procedures given in the files section and various threads.

I have removed the band clamp, the four hex bolts and washers. But the shaft did not descend.

I used the Amel special tool and it moved about 3/4". But the tool kept slipping and the shaft would move no further. So as we torqued the nut, the bolt broke.

Next we tried torching the collar as much as we dared. No movement.

We have tried reefing down on the fairing with each of the above strategies. But we can only go so far without damaging it. 

Our latest effort has been to back up a pickup truck with a trailer hitch to just below the thruster, then connect a come along to the rectangular trunk piece and the hitch. Then we reefed on  the come along.  Truck went up. No shaft came down.

Now I am completely stumped. Any ideas from the group? What am I missing? 

Ian Townsend
Loca Lola II

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