Re: Need help on 27' Catalina kicker
Briefly had a 4 hp 4-stroke Tohatsu in the OB well (i.e. mounted directly on the bottom of the hole, no bracket). Front to back, it was too long to tilt all the way up. I now have an Evinrude 9.9 in there, 2-stroke, which just clears the top of the hole when tilted (got to be careful about your knuckles); the bottom of the gearcase clears the water by a comfortable inch.
To tilt the motor I have a rope looped around the top section with the tail running through the hole and into the cockpit. It's pretty easy to do, but a more permanent solution would be to rig some tackle to do the same job. Eventually I'll probably be in the market for a new motor, and then I'll be dealing with the same problem again.
I keep hearing about a different bracket design built and sold locally, I think called the Breeze Bracket. The mounting plate rode vertically on rails mounted to the transom. Unfortunately I don't think you can get them anymore.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27