The outboard mounts into a compartment aft the tiller, the lid shuts and no engine can be seen. This looks really cool at first sight. The opening was relieved so that deck water can run directly into the engine well. More than likely, it was modified to make room for a larger outboard.
From my research on the net about the Coronado 25, many owners comment on the engine well and what engines do and don't fit the compartment. I understand this situation fairly well. When Sue and I took posession of the boat, there was a Honda 15HP 4-stroke mounted. A great engine that I would have loved to keep, however, since the discharge wasn't working, I gave the owner the choice of getting me an engine that was ready to go now or have the Honda repaired by the afternoon. We ended up with a Yamaha 8HP 2-stroke. I did help take the Honda out and that was no laughing matter. Installing the Yamaha was not as easy as it should have been either. Either engine would not tilt, the access hole for the throttle is not large enough for the engine to be pointed straight and pull starting through the access hole is a knuckle buster for sure. Each of these shortcomings has a colorful phrase associated with it.
The engine starter access hole. Notice the perfect placement of the tiller. If I were a knuckle-busting tiller, this is exactly where I would like to be. There is no outboard installed, otherwise you would see the throttle handle sticking through the hole.
Inside the well looking at the port side.
The engine mount is in need of repair. I finally got the engine out and took it home to service and clean. I had left it in the well for a couple of months without taking it out of the water. It was really infested with marine stuff. I wasn't worried about the engine getting stolen because whoever would have taken it would have a hernia and be unable to remove it from the boat.
Looking form aft in the well to the starboard side. The tube in the center is actually a temporary plug for a hole that allowed for the engine controls.
The off-center engine mounting is obvious, isn't it? I believe that a longer shaft is in order. When in reverse, she responds quite poorly, actually very poorly. Once we get her dry docked, the engine mount will be modified in some manor.
Engine well drain holes. The lock came with the boat and the best that I can figure is that it was some kind of "drain lock" that when placed in the correct position, blocks (or locks) the drain hole and disallows water to drain from the engine well. Or maybe it is just a lock that came free with the boat.