I could remove the motor mounts from the engines and have the slots cut further inboard. But if I do that, I’m reducing the width of the footprint. On the principle that the mounts that came with the engines were engineered with a certain size of slot, I decided to maximize the width of the isolators. Which means I have to make new engine beds outboard of the existing stringers.
The screws attaching the engine mounts to the engine beds were taken out. While the engine beds are generally in good solid condition, there is a hairline crack on the portside bed but this only runs for 3" and I think the original holes are too soft to reposition as was. All the engine mounts need to be replaced, there is minimal height adjustment as all were set to the minimum depth. Rear attaching flanges also badly corroded and I've sourced secondhand replacements for £7.50 as opposed to the Yanmar price of £113 EACH !!
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