Gents + ladies, I've heard a rumour that there is a specific position you have the outboard in when transporting it to and fro places - is this strictly true - as I dont want to damage my new Yamaha -
any advice is great thanks
Or do you mean in your car boot/trailer? As it's a 2-stroke, it shouldn't matter unless there's a chance of any water being left in the lower unit/leg/exhaust in which case face the propellor downwards and lift the powerhead slightly to avoid any water draining back into the cylinders.
With a 2 stroke if there is water in the engine it might be possible to get it into the cylinders via the ports if you have the powerhead lower than the leg. Presumably before you part with hard cash you will want to hear the engine running so some water will be in there. (Don't run it without the water and if the seller hasn't any ear muffs take your own along).
If you can transport the engine with the powerhead higher than the leg so much the better. Should be three brass bolts with bolt / screw slot heads one for each carb, which will alllow the carbs to be drained down before moving it so you don't get petrol all over the place.
Alternatively take your boat along and put the engine on that, you only need to do the four mounting bolts the rest of the cables can be done at home later.