I promised I wouldn't mention my engine again, but I'm afraid it's on the front burner, again. The problem is that the original motor bracket is both too small, and poorly mounted.
Too small because my new Yamaha T9.9 weighs about 120 lbs, and I guess that my old bracket is rated for a much smaller engine. I have a good, strong safety line on the engine, in case the bracket breaks, but I'd rather not test it.
Poorly mounted because the Blue Moon's transom is raked at 34 degrees, and most engines can only be adjusted by about 16 degrees. The old bracket is mounted directly on the transom, so the motor is tilted at a steep angle.
|Engine at a bad angle|
|drawing by Garelick Marine|
I decided to laminate my wedge out of a plank of Douglas Fir. It was my first lamination job, so it was both interesting and rather messy. The trick is to use lots of plastic wrap, so you don't end up laminating your tools, work bench, and left arm to the block.
|My first lamination job|
Slicing the 'steps' off the block was the most difficult part. I'm sure it would be easier with a table saw or huge bandsaw, but I had to do it free-hand with a plain old saw saw.
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