Hi, Kay Zee,
I see you have a 30 ft. boat, and I agree with your sense of it that a lifting crane would be out of place there.
How we do it is the same in principle as Wyamba. Jim hand sewed a sling for our current
15 horse o/b. The first one was of 3/8" flag halyard rope
, just tied, to support the motor. Like Wyamba, we position the dinghy amidships, with the transom in line with the cap shroud
. Our dinghy is a rib
, and we secure it fore and aft, so it stays in place. We have a boarding step that we suspend from the toe rail, so Jim can step down into the dinghy.
When it is time to put the motor on the dinghy, we use the main halyard to lift it off the motor mount (which is on the stern rail), just enough so Jim can walk it forward. On our boat, it stops with the cover about 2" below the rail, and Jim leans it against the topsides, then descends via the step into the dinghy. When he is ready, I finish lowering it to him. It is definitely a two person job for us, but, even with the heavier 15 horse motor, he is able to control it, and we've been doing it by this method for many years now.
There may be some days when it is too bouncy to get the dinghy running with the motor on it, and those days are good days for a book, a movie
, or baking cookies. Mostly, you'll be able to do it, as planned.
Sometimes, we enjoy "rowing" the rib
. It is silent, and a nice way to explore up creeks. For short journeys, you guys might find you like it too, even though they really don't row very well.