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A few thoughts....
Remove everything you can first.. alternator and brackets, starter, oil filter, drain all fluids obviously, RW pump, heat exchager, all hoses.. etc etc, to make the lightest, smallest package you can. If a rebuild is definitely in the works, maybe even pull the head too if clearance is tight.
Depending on clearances out the hatch, maybe separate gear and engine too.
If you have a dripless type seal (non-packing based) be sure to secure it before you shift anything... the sealing pressure on the seal comes from the motor/gear position.
Look into whether or not the boom can be used to hoist the engine out either with a chainfall attached or pressing the mainsheet into service. If you hoist via mid-boom, suggest tensioning a halyard tied around the boom at the same point to minimize boom deflection during the hoist.
Protect all that pretty woodwork you have in the area of the hoist.. nowadays they sell some really heavy cardboard at flooring stores to protect new floors as you add baseboards etc... might work well here too.
The last time we did this I was happy to have a nice, light aluminum block (VW conversion)
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