This is the Sabb G which I found
on the net and bought together with all the goodies (fuel filters, fuel
tank, control linkages, spare parts, and the advice of both previous owners
which has been invaluable).
The engine sits on a palate to which I have added four
swivel casters. These will ride down the track to the .........
....stern end of the boat where the chain hoist will take
the motor up over the top of the hull sides.
The track is either several layers of 1x6 or 2x6 stock
salvaged from the strong back or the moulds with an edge to keep the casters
from running off of the track. Stakes keep it from spreading.
The motor will come up over the hull edge on the far hoist.
the chain from the near hoist will be added and the hoists adjusted to
bring the motor inboard and down into the engine space. All of that
rope is just there to "put" it someplace. I used the end of it to
hold the plank in place temporarily until I could screw it (to the cross
piece) -- as close as I'll ever get to bondage.
This is the sorry foam mock up I used to work out some
preliminary relationships. It will be replaced by the real thing.
The process went just as planned.We did it on a cold,
muddy rainy day and the only problem was a temporarily stuck truck.
The motor hanging over the boat like this made me nervous. I wonder
what the 450 pound motor would do to the 1" thick bottom??
The first location for the motor proved to be too close
to the stuffing box although it was ideal with respect to it's being tucked
nicely under the companionway stairs.
The the vibration
permitted by the high position on the motor mounts made for some wild gyrations.
This made the short coupled shaft a problem with respect to the lateral
loads placed on the stuffing box bearing.
After some hair pulling we decided to move the motor back
9 inches and redesign the shape of the engine mounting logs so that the
motor would sit lower on the flexible mountings. The Sabb is much
happier in her new location, but she's beginning to back into the main
cabin a bit.
The stuff on
the floor is saw dust. I just didn't feel like cleaning up for the
photo. Normally, the motor is covered by plastic to keep the sawdust
out of the works.
The prop and skeg. There still is some reshaping
to do here. The tubing is a grease line for the prop hub. The prop
is a variable pitch -- the shaft moves in and out to vary pitch from full
forward to full astern. This sort of rules out a VEE drive which
would keep the motor's behind out of the living room !!! No tellin'
what the sledge hammer was used for !!!