It wasn’t as hard as I anticipated. Having enlarged the access made for an easy procedure. Here’s how my friend Steve and I did it:
Lifting: I rigged the boom vang from the tang at the midway point and led the tackle down to the engine. We fastened a line to the lifting point on the engine clipped the vang on to loops in the line. Steve gradually took up the line on the vang, and I slide the engine forward on the beds bit by bit. We lifted it over the forward bed member and set it down on the engine mounts resting on heavy 8″x8″ timbers.
Sliding: Before moving the engine, I placed the timbers on a piece of carpet. Once the engine was on the timbers, we slide the timbers forward on the carpet to the front of the cabin.
Now the really hard part – cleaning the compartment and bilge. What a filthy mess. Does it really look like it’s been 7 years since it was last cleaned? Actually, it looks like it’s never been cleaned, but it was spic and span when I had the new engine installed. I didn’t paint, though. That’s partly why it looks awful now.
First I need to scrub the compartment with a degreaser and get it as clean and dry as possible. Then I will go over all the glass with an angle grinder and flap-disk sander. That should be fun . . . After all the surfaces are prepared to accept fresh resin, I can start the excavation of the beds. This part goes relatively fast – I cut the inside face off the beds; peel off the existing glass to form a window; use the vibrating multi tool to dig out the rotten wood.