Originally Posted by Polwart
inspecting gearbox oil with the engine still in the water sounds a bit dodgy to me. There was definitely some signs of fine metal particles in mine at 10 hrs (ish) - IMHO most important part of those early services is the oil change.
Agreed. The "inspection" is probably nothing more than pulling the lower plug and checking the magnet for particles.
You're talking aomething about $6 in oil, and a couple of bucks in new gaskets to do the leg oil. Why not simply change it? Admittedly, it would tough to do on the water, though...