Having finished the engine installation, and *temporary* rudder bracket installation, I’ll get the boat in the water and finish up the details with her sitting in the slip.
I had forgotten that the rudder bracket mounting holes for the bearings were a little “squeezy” – that is, the fit wasn’t perfect in the old bracket, and I had the machinist simply duplicate the old bracket with new material – so bolting on the bearings required smaller fasteners threaded “just right.” This a took a fair amount of time. . . And I had not factored in the weight of the bracket – 24 inches of 3/8-inch channel steel weighs 7000 pounds – well, maybe 25 pounds, but supporting it at the end of my reach and trying to thread mounting bolts and nuts at the same time made it feel like 7000. It will be fine to motor across the creek, but I need to finish mounting it to the cockpit sole. And I need to finish the cockpit sole repair – it needs to be cosmetically finished and bolt-holes drilled and sealed.
I also need to torque down the coupling fasteners because when I connected them two days ago, I managed to get into the engine compartment without a rag to wipe the waterproof grease from my hands and tools. Consequently, I couldn’t get a very good grip on the wrenches when tightening the fasteners. By the time I (painfully) climbed out of the “black hole” my back hurt so bad that I could barely stand up straight. I was not inclined to go back down there just to torque the bolts. It may be possible to do that from the front of the engine with the improved access. I’ll have to check today.
I also need to back out each engine mount lag bolt an inch and squirt sealant into the top of each bolt hole. Have to keep the water out this time. . . and seal the corner of engine bed I shaved with epoxy.
Finally, I have to tighten up the packing nut and install the garboard drain plug – then launch ho!