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One of the eternal problems with boats and motors is that they (motors) need servicing and they (boats) are usually rather cramped. So for more serious work, space must be made. After hoisting the motor out of its bay and into the middle area of the boat, Leo accepted that the poor old machine needs some more attention so decided to get it out. Now, some vessels (such as those great old Greek fishing boats) have nothing really above a motor, so it can be simply taken out. Others have hatches of various degrees of complexity to give access to the motor bay. Leo has neither.

Aiming a rather large crane at a rather small boat door.

So we resorted to using the crane that Markus has standing around (to move the gas tanks, as they are a bit heavier than what one would like to lift alone) as our lifter and the door frame as an access portal. Now this sounds all quite reasonable until one realises that the motor pretty much completely fills the door frame, needs to be rotated through the door and is stupidly heavy.

It was all a bit of an adventure, getting the crane through the door, pulling the motor out along a temporary ramp, then using some rectangular steel tube as a crane extension to lift the motor and shift it forward bit by bit. It was a bit like watching an elephant use tweezers to build a ship in a bottle. Only with current chilly air temperatures and the massive weight of the motor block, things were a bit more unwieldy.

It's Out!

But with several more attempts, changes of plans, and more “typically male” activities (this was Leos favourite observation for the day) the motor eventually emerged from the too small doorframe.

Now all that needs to be done is get it working again…..