IF you can get the top cover off, you will see threaded holes in the flywheel. They are metric, probably eights or nines. Find the right size bolts to fit those holes and you have the means to lift
straight up out of the well and off the boat, hanging from the boom. You can brush on some Mary Kate On Off Gel which will disolve the calcium the Barnacle shells are made of. Two coats and a brisk scrub with a stiff nylon brush will do the job. Refresh the made-for-aluminum bottom paint
you put on, and flush the engine
with vinegar while running in a barrel.
You never had barnacles
growing inside the engine; your mechanic
was probably refering to shell crumbs and maybe some stuff sucked up while running in shallow water
, like that time you ran aground, hmmmm?