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2 issues with outboard
I took my Catalina 27 out for her maiden voyage this past weekend and ran into two problems with my outboard. When I lowered the motor down into the water I think I may have pushed it down too far because now I can't get it to come back up. I can get it to tilt fine, just not come straight back up on the carrier.
My other issue is with doing maintenance on the motor. How in the heck do I get the engine cover off? I have a 2001 Mercury 9.9 ML that seems like it should be rather simple to take off. I went out to inspect today and the only thing I can see is a metal clip in the front (the front being where the fuel line connects, etc.). However, I couldn't even get this clip off. I could get it to budge, but not come all the way off. I'm somewhat glad that it didn't come off for fear of losing it in the water if it broke free. That, and I'm not even sure that is what is holding the cover on.
I bought a maintenance book for my motor, but it has zero info on how to remove the cover. It starts the instructions after you have already figured out how to remove it.
Thanks in advance,