Originally Posted by donrr1
I was just thinkin, the last time I had the boat out the wind was 20 knots on the calm side, gusts to 30. That's gotta be more strain than a 300lb. engine, no?
Probably, but I've done this sort of haulout five or six times now, and I have always used a mast crane or a truck crane. Imagine some idiot stepping aboard at a crucial point and imparting 10 degrees of heel...so long, fingers.
I suppose if you have confidence in the forestay, etc. you could rig vang-type preventers to keep the boom centered or where you want it, anyway, and then it becomes a more or less rigid beam from which you can hang the come-along or some other tackle. Me, I just drop a hook from a 10,000 lb. capacity winch down the companionway and shout instructions to "the button man". That way, knowing that 90% of the weight is on the hoist, I can physically lift and position the engine up and out in the sort of loose "S" motion necessary to get it out into the boat. Then you can just walk the beam over to the pickup and press "down".
Interestingly, I'll have to think of this next fall, when I haul my much larger (650 lb. Westerbeke) diesel out for inspection/possible top rebuild, redo of all belts and hoses and repainting. The engine compartment hatch is 3 x 4 feet, but the best way to get 'er done is to remove the entire pilothouse roof and then to hoist directly up by crane.
That will give me a chance to make sure there's some sort of isolation washers between the steel frame of the pilothouse and the aluminum roof, I suppose, as well as a redo of the wiring in there.
A thought: When you haul the engine is a perfect time to replace hose clamps and hose to the exhaust system, waterlift muffler, thru hulls, etc., as well as to clean and paint the bilge and the compartment itself. I am looking forward to making that whole area sparkling.