Nice call on the ice box and fuel tank! I may have to look into doing that myself.
When I pull my boat out I walk it up the dock with a bow and stern dock line. Works great so far. My motor is port with my batteries and fuel tank to starboard. 4 stroke 7.5 hp Honda
windyway have you tried the motor yet? What speeds to you get? I push at about 6.2 with mine