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How to Remove an Inboard Outboard Engine


Most maintenance and repairs to an inboard/outboard boat engine are performed with the motor mounted in the boat. Occasionally, it’s impossible to make the needed repairs with the motor in place and the only alternative is to remove the motor from the boat. This is not as difficult as you might think if you have the right tools and equipment available. It involves disconnecting various components which link the motor to the boat or other systems, then lifting the motor out with a front loader or block and tackle.

Step 1

Position the boat’s gear shift lever in forward gear.

Step 2

Remove the outdrive unit from the rear of the boat by disconnecting the tilt/trim cylinders, removing the nuts which connect the outdrive to the gimbal and then pulling the outdrive and driveshaft from the rear of the boat.