Outboard Motor Lift Bracket: 1 Me : 0
Launched and motored my re-furbished Edel to her summer marina this past Saturday.
I still need to fix some deck hardware before sailing but one thing that I know is not easily working is the spring loaded bracket to lift the outboard.
When I docked I struggled to lift and push the release bar towards the back of the motor while at the same time trying to pull the motor up. I tried running a rope through the motors front lifting handle to the release bar but the bar still would not budge. Suddenly it popped and the motor came out of the water but I have no idea what the secret muscle flex was that caused this success.
The next day I could not get it to lower without using my 2 foot crowbar to pry up the release lever. When it drops though it does so with authority.
I cannot even imagine being able to successful raise the motor while sailing. I could tilt it up a bit but it would hit the transom after a few degrees of tilt.
Is there a secret that you folks can share? Is the bracket supposed to be lubed? Are the springs to be replaced every "x" years"?
I hate to spend the summer dragging my outboard. The 8 HP Honda weighs about 90#.