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Old 04 December 2010, 18:27   #11
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The book for the Etec says to use the trailering bracket and that is all I ever did on my old Johnson with no problems.

Having said that, the bracket is not that substantial and I'd also thought about carving a block of wood to sit in the saddle and then ratchet strap the engine down to stop any bounce, though with the current trailer I'm more worried about the hull than the engine and it won't be going anywhere till that is sorted out!
What you talking about , I hope you are not trailering using the little swivel thing at the top.

THere is a really robust bracket that springs out and you just flick it out and lower the engine onto it. Evinrude are the only manufacturer that do this AFAIK.
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What you talking about , I hope you are not trailering using the little swivel thing at the top.

THere is a really robust bracket that springs out and you just flick it out and lower the engine onto it. Evinrude are the only manufacturer that do this AFAIK.
The one you refer to is the one I'm using. I'm just not sure it's really robust with the best part of a quarter ton of engine on it on our roads (it's exactly the same bracket as my old Johnson which was 140kg). Really robust for me would be a couple of 4 inch girders
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quarter ton of engine
Sorry, are you confusing etec with a four stroke?
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THere is a really robust bracket that springs out and you just flick it out and lower the engine onto it.
We've always known about this, but have until now been hesitant to use it. When he sold it to us Roy reckoned it should be lowered down until the second set of rams engaged, and that it should be left there. Having tried to use the (frankly pathetic) trailering bracket on our DF50 once, it was never up to the job and so we simply lower it down like Roy suggested. Surely lowering the bracket would also raise the prop higher than normal and make it more dangerous for other road users/pedestrians?

Do most with etecs use the bracket then?

Edit: Just had a look through the manual, and it would appear that there are two different tilt support brackets:

"Tilt support lever" and "Trailering Bracket".

Both would appear to do the same jobs, but the tilt support lever is only to be used when stationary.

TSL is page 28 here (page 25 in a hard copy)

TB is page 29 here (page 26 in a hard copy)
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Sorry, are you confusing etec with a four stroke?
No. My Etec weighs 196kg according to the specs, which as I suggested is in fact "the best part of quarter of a ton". 78.4% to be precise.
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No. My Etec weighs 196kg according to the specs, which as I suggested is in fact "the best part of quarter of a ton". 78.4% to be precise.
Of course, sorry, I forgot that you had the 150!

Ours is 234kgs which is only 10 or so more than the Honda BF150 which you could theoretically have. At the lower end (power) of the market, (2.3- ~50ish) there seems to be quite a difference in weight between hps, however to gain an 83.33% power increase from your engine to ours takes only an extra 38kgs.

Pity that to achieve only a 16.6% power increase between the BF150 and B175, Honda has to gain ~40 kgs
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Pity that to achieve only a 16.6% power increase between the BF150 and B175, Honda has to gain ~40 kgs
That's 'cos Honda 115-150hp motors use the same 4-cylinder 2.3 litre powerhead, whereas the 175, 200 & 225hp units are V6 and 3.5 litres.

So, for the same weight as the 175, you could have a Honda 225.
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That's 'cos Honda 115-150hp motors use the same 4-cylinder 2.3 litre powerhead, whereas the 175, 200 & 225hp units are V6 and 3.5 litres.
I'd have never guessed that's how advertising worked We could not have won either of the world wars without it
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Or for the weight of the 225 Honda you could have a 300hp Etec & still be 37kg lighter
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Yes, which could be crucial in a race boat, for example.
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Yes, which could be crucial in a race boat, for example.
Or in this modern world where we're all being encouraged to be as efficient as possible, to plumb for an etec is the surely the thinking man's choice - no compromise whatsoever on power, lightweight for greater thrills, but also economical and efficient to keep the greenies happy
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