Alright, I could use your smarts on kicker bracket for my nephew's 27' Catalina. There was a 4 hp 2 cycle and it just missed the water in the up position on the fixed bracket. The new 4 cycle 9.8 Tohatsu doesn't sit clear of the water. The wood in the bracket was flexing so we rebuilt and fiberglassed it, but I'm thinking we're going to have issues with keeping the nice newer outboard out of the water. Is there a trick to getting the motor to "lock" in the tilt up position? It's so heavy we quit trying to tilt into the "lock positon and just removed it. I'm thinking we'll have to spend more time fooling with a 90# outboard hanging over the transom to figure it all out. Looked like it was going to still be in contact with the water. Should a spring assisted lifting bracket get the motor clear of the water witout tilting the motor? The transom was made with the opening for tilting the motor. Thanks in advance for your tips.