Thanks for the clarification Phillbo, that makes sense. Manual for the brakes only talks about adjusting with the star wheel.
Mike, I've been manually depressing the actuator using a board as a lever. I can pull the actuator all the way out to full travel by hand. I was assuming the actuator should extend fully when unloaded. I thought the brake shock might be bad.
Unless I get any new suggestions, I'm going to put the drums back on, adjust the brakes with the star wheel, then call the job complete.
Thank you for your inputs.
2006 Bayliner BR205
A1 Gen 2 1.47
5.0 carb engine