I've seen a lot of dinghy outboard
lifting harness, and they are mostly very complicated and difficult to attach and setup, and they don't give me a lot of comfort that they won't slide off and drop the outboard
. My wife, Jo-Anne, made me one and it was very well made, but I never thought it was safe, outboards don't offer any real points of attachment.
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It was always a mystery to me why manufacturers did not include some form of external attachment to make lifting engines easy, so I thought I would try my own.
We have a Yamaha 8 that is pretty heavy and requires some form of lifting harness to be easy to manage. I found these very neat strap brackets in the workshop left over from a solar
pool heating project
. By drilling out to 5/16 and finding some suitable fasteners, I had a lifting point on each side. Two short lengths of strap and a stainless ring later, we had a lifting harness that cannot be removed, has no adjustment, and is very strong. The engine
lifted straight off the stand with our workshop winch
, and stayed vertical. I haven't tried it on the boat
yet but I don't expect it to work
I invite any comments, criticisms, or suggestions to improve it, I have two more outboards to do.