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Installing an outboard

I'm sure this is posted somewhere but I did a few searches and didn't come up with much so I thought I would ask. So I have an Evinrude 9.9 (old) and just bought a Yamaha 4 stroke 6hp. I plan to replace this weekend on a 27' boat in the water and I'm wonder what advice people give for managing the mounting on over the water. Unfortunately the mount is off to the side of the boat and not the easiest to get over the back to so I am guessing tie a rope incase I drop the engine. It's a 1971 Ercison which had an inboard but removed so everything is a bit awkward about the outboard motor.

Any advice on how procedure people use for swapping motors would be much appreciated.
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Re: Installing an outboard

Try using your main halyard to support the motor. Use another person at the tail of the halyard and you guide it in place. It has worked for me for that reason.
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Re: Installing an outboard

That's a great idea. I had not thought of using something that high, that would be great leverage. I don't think the weight will be as big of an issue as just getting over the back end of the boat and getting leverage. Thanks again for the idea that could help a lot.
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Re: Installing an outboard

Back the boat into the slip and do it from the dock
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Re: Installing an outboard

Engine replacement turned out to be easier than I expected. Thanks for the helpful advice. I went from a 9.9hp (old evinrude) to a 6hp yamaha and it feels like I got twice the motor on the boat now even though its smaller.
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sounds like there was not much left of your 'rude

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Re: Installing an outboard

Although you went to a smaller HP is the 4 strokes heavier / lighter than the old 2 stroke? And is it on a lifting bracket or attached directly to the boat? The reason I asked is I have discovered that my PO install a 4 stroke on a bracket rated for a2 stroke. The bracket springs are not strong enough for a 4 stroke, consequently it is a PITA the lift the motor straight up. I also notice some bounciness in the whole assembly so I have installed extra safety chains in case the whole shebang parts company with the hull. The bracket is # 2 on my replacement list for next year.
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Re: Installing an outboard

The new engine is a good bit lighter, maybe 10-15 lbs lighter. It is on a lifting bracket which sucks and never lifts out exactly right so I just leave it lowered. While both engines were long shaft, the newer one seems to sit better in the water, or rather deeper. I did decide to tie a rope from the engine to the back cleat in case the whole thing decides to fall off but overall it seems to be the best upgrade I've made so far.
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