My most essential tool for working on my outboard motor is its stand. Without it, maintaining my 80+ pound, 8 HP Yamaha 4-stroke would be like a wrestling match.
You don’t want to store an outboard motor lying on a floor or workbench in your garage when it isn’t on the boat, especially all winter. You want it to be easy to work on, to move around, and to load and unload either from your tow vehicle or the mount on your sailboat. A motor stand, especially one on casters, makes maintenance and storage a breeze.
You can buy a manufactured stand, like this one from Garelick, but if you have a few spare 2x4s and some deck screws, you can make one for next to nothing. All you need is a good set of plans.
I found these these excellent plans that saved me hours of designing a stand of my own. You can download the PDF file, print it out and build it in a couple of hours. The drawings are clear and accurate. I like that the stand has a convenient place on the front of it to hold a gas tank. That makes moving the motor outdoors for test running and flushing easy-peasy.
After using this stand for more than 3 years, it’s as strong as ever and it’s saved my back many times. This project is a no-brainer and one you’ll be glad you did.
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