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If you look at the thread on singlehanded docking, you''ll see that I had the same problem. I thank everyone for their great advice, and I have to say that one of the guys moored in my new marina is a mechanic and it took him all of 4 seconds to locate the retention bolt on my Johnson 9.9.
I had asked several experienced cruisers about pivoting the outboard, but they were all blue water sailors and just said they didn''t think outboards were mounted to turn. So, for years I struggled with bad performance in reverse. Now I can spin my boat on its swing keel like a top, making maneuvering and docking incredibly easy.
My advice is to go to a store that sells power boats and ask the mechanic where the retention bolt is on your engine.
Best to you,