Join Date: Apr 2003
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Yes, you can do that, quite easily. It depends upon where you are storing your outboard and what lifting points you have available. Since you most likely will want to keep your motor on an aft rail, you don't have a lot of options. You need to be able to have a rigid point above your head to lift from, which generally can be a problem. I have rigid davits off my boat's transom but the pulleys were too far aft to allow me to swing the motor onto the rail. In my boat's set-up, due to a fixed bimini, I don't have a lot of room to stand, reach out and grapple the motor in. Plus the friction on the pulley in doing so made that a bad solution.
I ended up buying a used Forespar Motormate lifting davit that attaches to the stern rail and is easily removed. The motor mate has a lifting capacity of 100# which is more than enough for our 4 horsepower motor! This has been a godsend and has made it very easy and safe to raise and lower the outboard. It has a horizontal arm that can be raised or lowered depending upon your needs. It is easy to raise it up and swing it over to the rail and lower on it's mount.
New ones are pretty expensive so look for them used. Try Bacon's in Annapolis if local. Garhauer makes good quality lifting davits that are less expensive than Forespar's. I would have gone with them had I not found a used motormate at a good price.
If you want pictures, you will need to wait some time as we are not set up for cruising yet for the season.