Hi Jimske: It looks like you would have a problem getting the engine
in and out, but the price
of an engine
would certainly justify rigging
an easy way to haul it. Tell us what you have and where; someone might have a good suggestion.
I don't leave my boat in the water. I don't think its good to leave the engines in the water either, whether it freezes or not.
Yamahas like to be left upright to drain completely. I follow these steps each season: Haul the boat. Run the engines with the saltaway mixer hooked up until warm. Change the oil
and filter. Restart the engine with cover off, fogging oil
at hand, fresh water selected on the saltaway mixer. Disconnect fuel
lines. Run the carb bowls dry. As the mixture leans and the engine speeds up spray intake with short puffs of fogging oil. When engine quits, plug
intake with rag soaked in fogging oil. Let cool for half hour. Pull plugs, fog
each cylinder while turning flywheel. insert new plugs. Wash down under the engine cover to remove salt
residue, wipe down lower unit and prop. Change lower unit oil, grease fittings.
Then I leave them hanging upright, with locks on them. They both start (after normal priming) on the first try each season. What I haven't decided is what to do with the fuel
in the tank.