Posted on Friday May 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM
Unfortunately, I've had to stab a lower unit a half-dozen times already this year...
There should be part of the shifter cable showing on the outside of the driveshaft housing just above the lower unit. You can move the shift cable around with that to make sure that the cable is going on to the shift shaft as you re-stab the lower unit.
I would put the gear shift in neutral and make sure the lower unit is in neutral by carefully turning the shift shaft with a pair of pliers and turning the prop.