Outboard Motor Lift Installation
Eighty-five pounds is a lot to lift, let alone lifting
it from a dinghy bobbing in the water.
After looking at several different brands of outboard motor lifts we decided to buy one from Kato Marine in Annapolis. We liked the rugged design and the fact that it was rated at 230 pounds. With it's 4-to-1 purchase, it could even be used to lift me out of the water if necessary. I purchased the KatoLift 230 at the Miami boat show in mid-February.
An Unique KATO Design Feature
Besides the numerous different base plates offered by Kato, one major design feature is not initially obvious--the ability to accommodate various rail slopes in the offset brackets. This is something the average buyer wouldn't even think about but Kato has the solution (angling the holes in the offset bracket).
|The small detail of having the holes for the vertical shaft angled allows |
the design to accommodate various angles between the rail and the deck.
Location & Mounting
|I assumed that the center of gravity (and the hook on the outboard |
harness) will be 4-1/2 inches from the engine mount.
|My initial location and the rectangular base caused mechanical |
interference with my GPS antenna cable and deck seal.
|The triangular base in its final location further astern. |
This base and location worked out perfectly!
Access to the Underside of the Aft Deck
On our Landfall 38 the only access to the underside of the aft deck is a bolt-on panel behind the propane locker (which is under the helm seat). There is a large fiberglass gusset on the centerline of the boat that is immediately behind the bolt-on panel. I cannot imagine a way that anyone, regardless of their small size could get into that area to access nuts on the bolts that mount the base plate.
|The access hole allowed me to reach into the area under the aft deck |
and fasten the nuts to the cap screws. This is the only
way I could reliably access this area.
Uh Oh, Mission Creep
|Even though a round opening port is sitting in the access hole, the blue |
taped outline represents the future addition of a storage bin
for sunscreen and similar things.
|The completed installation in the area where it is attached |
to the stern pulpit rail. I slightly relocated the GPS antenna
and our LIFESLING to make enough space for the lift hardware.
|When not in use, I hook the lower block to the outboard |
motor mount to keep it from swinging freely.
This was one of the easiest installations I've done on s/v Rainy Days--thanks to Kato Marine. Our new mainsail will be delivered on Tuesday and will be the subject of our next blogpost.