sorry in advance for the continued thread drift.
Shawn that is very interesting and could be a great way to repower an older boat larger than the trailer sailor class for a lot less money, both initially and ongoing. You have power tilt, did that come with the motor, not associated with the lift mount in any way? No power lift, just tilt? Do I see a remote steering bracket, is it hooked up to your wheel/tiller?
Wondering if a mini jack plate (6" lift) in combination with the power tilt would eliminate all over the transom weak back issues and still get the motor out of the water for sailing and in the slip? Of course the jack plate would get the installed cost to about $4000 for a 9.9, extra long shaft but that is maybe about half a diesel repower?
Just thinking out loud about the next boat. Since I can't buy a brand spanking new Universal Atomic Four.....
As you get some experience please come back and do a review.