The cable was mounted as you said above by the people who repowered. When I looked at the cable I noticed that there would be a better alingment if the bracket was mounted on the inboard side. I mounted it there. I noticed that it would be an even better alingment if I mounted the socket on the outboard
side of the bracket but with the socket pointed inboard. It is an odd lookeing alingment but it runs straight down and the distance is supposed to be 7.375" from the socket to the lever in neutral position and it was spot on. The gear
shift lever has a better feel now it is easier to sense when the boat is in neutral. When I take the biancle apart I will shorten the toggle on the other end of the morse cable so that the gear
shift lever is closer to horizontal when the boat is in neutral but I hope I have resolved the problem.
It makes me feel better that the typical is supposed to be on the outboard b/c that means the installers went with conventional wisdom.