Clamping on a small outboard?
I'm just downsizing from a rib with a permanently attached 60HP outboard, to a little Zodiac inflatable with a 15HP Mariner 2 stroke, which comes with a bracket to clamp onto the transom. Fairly obvious and unsurprising.
However, what surprised me is the Mariner owner's manual, which says (and I quote): "The use of clamp bracket handles alone is insufficient to properly and safely secure the outboard to the transom. Attach outboard by drilling holes through transom and secure using bolts, flat washers and locknuts provided with outboard."
What???? Is this just some Mariner lawyer giving me a formal warning which I should read and ignore at my peril? Does anyone actually bolt small outboards onto small inflatables?
And how tight do I clamp the thing onto the transom anyway? As tight as I can with my bare hands?
Simon (ex RIBster, new SIBster, more questions coming, I'm sure of it)