Only a week or two after our visit in December 2019, the strut and shaft were installed. The strut is Y shaped, anchoring to the hull in two locations, and the shoe below. Normally the prop is right where the shaft exits the keel, but in this arrangement it's between 3-4 feet further aft.
|Extended running gear "Y" strut|
|Extended running gear with shaft installed|
Inside the laz where the steering gear is located, you can see the rudder post and supporting trestle is back nearly against the transom. The structure forward of that (closer to where the picture is taken from) is the structure that the steering cylinders anchor to. This arrangement makes it a bit easier to fully utilize the space in the laz, so another benefit to the change.