We had decided to lift the engine out of the boat, so that we could do a full service of the engine during the winter months. Our engine is a Volvo Penta MD19 with a weight of approximately 270 kg (595 lbs) so it would not be an easy task.
The first thing we did was to remove the gear box, before starting to lift the engine. This was necessary to make it possible to lift the engine out from its position. The gear box weighs approximately 30 kg (66 lbs), so the engine also weighed a little less, not much, but every kg counts.
We built a rig made of wood, with the rig and a chain hoist we were able to lift the engine out from the bilge. The chain hoist was very helpful, since we didn’t need to use our own muscles to lift the engine. Otherwise it wouldn’t be possible with just the two of us, and it would probably cause some pain in the back for those involved lifting. Now we could do the work ourselves, the whole process was very controlled and no back pain afterwards!
The next thing we will do is starting to remove all the parts of the engine. You can follow our service of the engine under the category Engine. All other renovation we do to our sailboat Anne-Mon can be found under the category Renovation.