So my 12 year old Yamaha 150 two stroke was stolen and I have re-powered with a Yamaha 150 4 stroke. So far I like the engine a lot, its a lot quieter and makes the boat go better. I almost feel like thanking the thieving scum.
The boat is configured with an engine pod past the transom. I have a dive ladder that gets stored on the outboard side of the transom. The old motor would contact the ladder at the extreme up position and the cowling was the worse for wear because first I, and then friends would raise the motor without looking back and run it into the ladder. Most of us would do it just once, but I have one friend that made a habit out of it.
The new motor's cowling geometry makes the problem even worse. At some point in a moment of inattention either I or a friend will raise the motor into the ladder (and now the transom if the ladder isn't there).
It occurred to me that a normally closed limit switch could be mounted on the engine bracket so that it would cut power to the engine tilt before it contacts the dive ladder or the transom. It would have to be a pretty hardy, environmentally sealed switch since it would live bathed in salt water.
Anyone run into this situation and come up with a solution? My new cowling is all shiny and blemish free, for now.