Originally Posted by kestrel452
Also, would a 15/20HP Merc be too much for one younger male to mount and dismount alone by hand? It wouldn't be carried any sort of distance, just enough to get it on and off the transom and then onto a stand/car trunk.
Mine is 48 kg if I remember right. It is VERY awkward.
I JUST managed to get it on the transom on my own. I wouldn't try it again (it was easier to keep going than stop). Mine is bolted on now and hopefully never has to come off! I wouldn't take it on/off each use. Once/twice a year but not every time. Even if you are more used to lifting big weights it will be tricky as the thing is a difficult shape with slippery sides, no sensibly placed handholds and is top heavy.
With the added complications of having to lie a 4stroke down the right way up I think you definitely need to try it before you buy it.