My Butt plug is a one piece with a long handle attached to the plug with a stainless tiller swivel fitting , the other end has a large rubber cap so you can jam the handle under the rear deck . Doeasn't jump out and the long handle makes it easy to insert .
As a cruising boat. (Been on trailer 17 years.. My not good).
Although the butt plug is hinged behind the iron sail, we can clear the leg of the outboard from being a drag. It was useful to have a quick drop and go rather than a very slight loss of hydraulic flow. Two fuel tanks in stern were always useful too. Although we rarely burnt more than half a tank over 2-4 week outings we caught a storm and fumed both that night.
If cruising, the wash from cockpit access to motor well makes easier than a lanyard and bucket over gunnel and rail depending upon conditions.
My mistake.. Trailer bearings failed 27 years ago. Hence outboard 30 years with age.
My condolences to the Legg family.. The RL24 is an awesome design. Loving the scrub of pans in a well.. Mate was scrubbing with about 14 foot of Bronze Whaler chasing the scent. (Backstairs passage; south Australia)