Removing the Diesel Engine
How do you lift a 130 kg engine out of a boat?
I'd never handled a combustion engine before, and wasn't sure how I'd go about getting it out of the boat. I have a 20 hp Yanmar GM-3 diesel engine, weighing about 130 kg dry (more with oil). I've seen engines in ads resting on pallets, but I don't know how regular people normally move them around.
My original plan was to use the mast crane to lift the engine, but I didn't have time to do that before taking the boat out of the water for the winter.
Plan B was to ask the boat wharf to use their tractor to help me, but they didn't want to (they didn't have the administration set up to charge individual members for help).
Then I spent some time building a simple, temporary "boat house" out of lumber scaffolding covered with a tarp.
Plan C was to use lift the engine, hanging it from the wooden scaffolding, then pull out the boat (which is on a boat trailer), lower the engine onto a movable trolley, move the engine, and then back up the boat into the boat house again.
Well, this is a project full of "firsts" for me, so I went ahead: