Does T.M.C. on the plate equate to Tohatsu Motor Company ??
True, but only at high throttle conditions. This is a cruiser, not a Go Fast!
Time for photos of the power head and etc.
No problem! The housing is full of pressurized (by the exhaust) water that has to leak out somewhere.
Trim tabs have bottom paint on them. That's why u can't see them. I'm thinking lateral is better as well.