Thanks for all the great tips. Regarding the crane. The yard where I keep the boat in the winter will lift it out for $50. And another $50 to lift the new engine in next Spring. A deal I can not pass up. I do plan to take as much off the engine as possible prior to lift out. I am trying to get it ready so that it can be lifted out the week of the 17th of November. And I very much hope they don’t drop it…
Then I plan to place it next to the Yanmar 2GM that will be replacing it. Check all critical dimensions for mounting, shaft size to obtain the proper coupling, etc.
I have some friends that will be checking the compression on the new (used) engine and they are willing to do a ring job if needed. They will also help in welding any brackets, etc that might be needed.
The Renault engine does not have lifting eyes so I plan on using lifting straps that I will borrow from out machine shop. I will test lift it by putting a 4x4 across the companion entrance with a block and tackle.
As far as labeling everything, it will not be necessary as the new engine comes with an engine harness and control panel.
My thanks to Perithead for the link to the articles. Wow, they are quite extensive and I have printed them out to read. Thanks.
As to what I will be doing with the old (Renault) engine. Since it is still a working engine with all parts as well as some spare belts and an impeller, control panel and engine harness, I plan on selling it as a complete unit. But not until I have verified everything between the two engines. I have the luxury of being able to use the shop at work as well as the offered assistance of some of the machinists. The Renault engine as I indicated is a running engine. It starts easily, but with no available spare parts I am repowering while I have the opportunity to. I also want a more reliable engine with additional power (going from 8 Hp to 13 Hp) for cruising. So if you are in the market for a used Renault RC8D engine, let me know….
I will keep you informed as to how the preparation and lift out goes…..thanks again for all the suggestions. I feel more confident in doing this now.