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Old 30 August 2013, 08:46   #1
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Auxiliary bracket or cut the transom?

After some recent engine issues, I'm keen to have a system for using my old 6hp 2 stroke Mercury as an aux engine. (It's quite heavy (32kg) because it's the same block as the 8hp (and I think the 9.8) and I plan to upgrade it to 8hp at some stage)

My Osprey has a lip at the top of the transom, curved outwards, about 5cm length. It also has some extra fittings on the transom (crane lift points), so space is tight.

I think I can fit on a chunky aux bracket like this:

Force 4 Outboard Motor Bracket - Only 99.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

However, I wonder whether it might be just easier to cut a chunk out of the transom lip to fit it directly onto the transom? If it could be done neatly, I think it would look ok.

Any thought/advice?

Gerry

P.S. Those scratches/marks on the inside of the transom are where I managed to jam the auxiliary on when I was in urgent need!
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Old 30 August 2013, 09:48   #2
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I cut the transom, but in doing so lost the towing eye on my Vipermax.

Works well though.

I wish I'd kept the holes so that the eye can be removed and added at will.
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Old 30 August 2013, 10:17   #3
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I don't have the lip but had the same issue with the towing eye - I modified the clamp on my aux to fit round the eye (means I can't tow anything when the aux is working, but I douby that will ever be a problem!) by cutting out the cross piece & replacing it with a couple of lengths of M8 stainless studding & a few large washers & nylocks. Granted my Aux is a 1972 Johnson & I bitchered a scrap clamp so the original has been preserved should I ever find someone mad enough to want to buy it.....


I have a friend who has to dissassemble & reassemble his 6Hp aux clamp to put the bottom part (that joins the P & S parts together at the bottom) through the eye - he looks on it as an extra security measure for an eminently portable outboard.

In summary - the tow eye is a solveable problem!
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I bitchered a scrap
A new word - excellent! This is what happens when one's nasty G-F finally flips. I guess she would stand trial for Bitchery?

I suppose if you were Irish, you'd get an O'Bitchery in the papers...
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i made a new towing eye out of some thick stainless plate which i then bolted through along with the aux bracket.
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Steady hand

Something like this lads ?
All you need is a steady hand, small angle grinder
and an audience of friends to standby and ask... do you really want to do this..
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A new word - excellent! This is what happens when one's nasty G-F finally flips. I guess she would stand trial for Bitchery?

I suppose if you were Irish, you'd get an O'Bitchery in the papers...
Hmmm She did moan a bit about how long I spent in the garage modifying it .....

U think U should sie the estate of whoever unvented QUERTY for pitting U & I alongsude each other? What do yoi reckon? Take them for the cost of a nuce black Redbay wuth a coiple of Sizus on the back?


(I have a bilgey feeling coming on here...... If you do, plese amend the spelling in the originating post..... )
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Something like this lads ?
All you need is a steady hand, small angle grinder
and an audience of friends to standby and ask... do you really want to do this..
Angle grinder? and you never went near the clamp or the U- bolt!
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I think I can fit on a chunky aux bracket like this:

Force 4 Outboard Motor Bracket - Only 99.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

However, I wonder whether it might be just easier to cut a chunk out of the transom lip to fit it directly onto the transom? If it could be done neatly, I think it would look ok.

Any thought/advice?

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Perhaps it was just me..but I couldn't get on with those Outboard Motor Brackets at all. I put one on a small transom and had no luck with it.

When the bracket was in the up position..as shown in your link.. the Aux was far to high..even though the bracket was positioned near the bottom of the transom

Or if it was in the down position as shown in my photo below..the Aux was far to low..even though I made a new mounting plate for the bracket to hold the Aux higher.

IMO..it worked great on the yacht as I think thats what they are designed for? Yachts generally have hight transoms so the bracket is ideal for lowering the engine into position.

Save your 100 squid and cut your transom lip or make a better suited bracket



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couldn't you fashion a piece of wood that sits underneath the transom lip and fills the gap allowing you to clamp securely?
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