Julian, I believe I have sold the Yamaha to The Wavehumper. Hopefully, we will have a plan to hand it over quite soon.
Mark and Alan, this brace thing is causing me to scratch my head at the moment. What exactly is it and where does it fit?
The new engine does come with a cast iron cross brace that passes below the crank case and in front of the sump and is bolted onto the lugs that, in turn, bolt down onto the forward engine mounts. Is that the cross brace that I have heard people talk about?
Or is it a cross brace that actually attaches to the engine bearers that hold the engine mounts to stiffen the hull?
Yes, I am, on Barrus's recommendation (no surprise) going for the Bravo 2 leg. There's been no suggestion that this needs the shower head as, with no contra rotating shafts, one inside the other, there is less heat generated. But I will ask Barrus and if they suggest anything other than it doesn't need it, I'll update this post.
We're going to lift the new engine in for fit tomorrow after the transom mods are complete. Then it will be preparing the skin fittings for cooling water.... and so on and so forth....
Cheers for now.