I was wondering if anyone knew of a product (Maybe CNC or someone like it) who makes an outboard bracket that is powered electric or hydraulic that will simply raise a 225hp outboard straight up 12-14" then straight back down. This would negate the need to tilt the engine forward like you see most outboards going down the road. My thought is repowering an older sterndrive boat. I see the Armstrong brackets etc that moved a huge outboard 28" or more back. What a pain for backing, trailer mods, weight changes, etc.
If a guy could build a super strong wood/fiberglass bracket that only set back 8" then bolted on a strong lift bracket with about a 4-6" setback. If the motor rose straight up when trailering (top position trailering, bottom position for running)If the bottom of the skeg was almost level with the bottom of a Vee hull boat in the up position no contact with the ground and no prop /skeg sticking way out back either. The front would be clear for steering controls etc. and the only tilting would be minimal to trim the ride (maybe 2-3" forward/back at the front of the cowling) A couple simple built in stops would fix that.
Is this a practical idea to pursue or should the big brackets like Armstrong makes be the way to go? Just an idea