1984 E30+ Ludington, MI
Yes access to trans/coupler/shaft area is no fun on the 30+. What year is your boat ? There was some design changes mid 84 which does affect access path. I have the earlier version and could "boat yoga" myself in there with my feet towards the stern bent around the water heater after I slid the WH to starboard. I have replaced my coupler, shaft, & installed a dripless. I have since removed the water heater which is another saga as mine would not fit through the laz whole. I needed to remove the outer shell to get it out . Good luck and let us know how it goes. On a more happy note I will tell you that the E30+ will out perform ALL those boats you mentioned by leaps and bounds !