Although it’s a bit early for our dinghy engine’s 1-year servicing, because we’re trying to get everything sorted out to begin moving north again next week, we decided to look after that task yesterday. Servicing it was simple and required only replacing the spark plugs, changing the lower unit oil and greasing the engine at various spots. All were accomplished relatively painlessly (only a bit of blood was lost when I stabbed myself in the hand with a screwdriver). I am happy to say that the inside of the engine still looks pristine, having not yet been adversely affected by the salt water.
Note the safety tether, attaching the engine to the rail. Just in case!
Nice and clean!
Checking the gap in the new spark plugs.
To complete the above servicing, specifically to change the lower unit oil, we needed to remove the engine from the dinghy and get it out of the water. The video below shows how we use ZTC’s main sheet to raise Yama-Sama onto the rail mount, and lower him back down to the dinghy, in a relatively easy fashion.