Well, the boat is in the water and motors well.
My motor is a 1997, 8hp Merc, longshaft. The controls are long enough that I'm able to reach them fairly easily. This model of motor shifts simply by twisting the throttle ccw, so no problems there.
The problem is getting the motor up out of the water. lol The mount I have isn't real easy to use. I think the PO took off part of the handle in an attempt to jury rig something. He mentioned having trouble lifting the motor and trying to set up a system using a rope so he wouldn't have to lean over the stern. The result is that I have a handle about 2 inches wide to move the slide in and out of the lock slots. Oh well, I'm sure I'll come up with something to make this a little easier.
Those grand fresh-water seas of ours - Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan, - possess an ocean-like expansiveness...They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles...they have heard the fleet thunderings of naval victories...they know what shipwrecks are, for out of sight of land, however inland, they have drowned full many a midnight ship with all its shrieking crew. --from Moby Dick