Although quite strong, your topping lift was designed to hold up the empty boom...not a 9.9 engine
. Whatever may be the weakest link in your topping lift...maybe something at the top of your mast
...could fail under the load. Imagine the boom dropping suddenly. Maybe it drops into the water
. Maybe it drops onto your boat...smash. Maybe it drops onto your other (good) leg!
As a sailor, especially a solo sailor, I do everything possible to mitigate risk. I see plenty of risk in your plan.
I appreciate your kindness in wanting to help a fellow sailor. But you also must be careful not to enable someone by helping too much. Will you be there when her engine
stops halfway across the bay?
Perhaps she would have been better off with a smaller engine. Or maybe she needs to find herself some muscle for hire.
A better plan might be to return the new 9.9 and replace it with a pair of honda
2.3 outboards that she could easily manage herself.
Being self sufficient doesn't mean being big and strong. It means being smart. Jessica Watson
is living proof. So is my own daughter.
Other possible solutions:
- Tow her across with your boat, or your dinghy
- Ask the fine people who sold her the new engine to help...they made some $ off her, and are accustomed to working with outboards...who better to ask?
- Hire a nice young man with big muscles...a teenager might appreciate $20 for the task.
- Warp her boat over to a service dock
that has a proper (self serve) crane.
When I had to remove the Honda
100 (9.8hp) from the back of my boat, I backed it into my slip, just inches from the main dock where I sat on the edge... I hugged the engine while one of my kids
undid the already loosened transom clamps. Then I just leaned back with the outboard, and rolled away from the edge.
FWIW, I had no car, so I built a flatbed bike trailer
specifically to move the outboard. Sorry, no pics, but the guys at the outboard repair shop were pretty impressed.