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Re: Mounting Outboard Bracket
The business of '2" below the run of the hull' is meant for a planing hull. For a displacement hull subject to pitching in waves you want the prop as deep as you can get it. I'd ignore those guidelines for what you're trying to do.
Like I said before, I'd shoot for the bottom of the bracket a few inches above the static waterline and use a 25" longshaft ..
One other thing about your angled transom.. you need to be sure that there's clearance to fully tilt the motor and latch it in the up position.. it's not unusual for the cowling to hit the back of the boat before the latch can engage, esp when a bracket is mounted lower on the transom.
As far as operation goes, you lift the handle up and aft - it releases the notch, push the engine down or let it drop (depending on springs vs engine weight) The notches allow you to select various bracket drops, usually in this case you want the lowest position in any case. To retract, you do the same, push handle aft and lift and pull.
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