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Old 22 June 2004, 15:03   #11
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From the pics I can't see wether its bolted onto some sort of bracket - or just straight through the transom.
Just like Gingercoastie, my aux engine is attached directly to the transom - no bracket at all. It's permanently fixed, like the main engine and is locked on to satisfy the insurance man.

If I ever need to use it, it usually takes 1 pull and it starts - I generally run it for at least a couple of minutes before every trip.

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Old 22 June 2004, 15:14   #12
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This may sound totally daft BUT - just one aux looks so unbalanced - would 2 8hp fourstrokes give better economy for slow river pottering etc than the main engine?

Even stranger would the 2 little fourstrokes add anything to the top speed or would you lose more than you would gain?

IE a 3 engine boat!
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Old 22 June 2004, 15:20   #13
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I am not sure - I think it would look more odd having 2 aux engines on the back to be honest!!

My 4hp gets me along at around 4.5knots, which is all I expect, and all I'm after - at the end of the day it's there to get me out of trouble, it may not be fast, but it does the job.

However, sometimes, the 4hp engine is used to handle the boat in confined spaces (there isn't a 180 degree lock on the main engine), but when trolling around with the 140 4-stroke, it probably uses less fuel than the 4hp going flat out.

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Old 23 June 2004, 04:50   #14
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How do you guys keep your engine out of the water when they're bolted on; can you rely on the catch on the engine or do you use a piece of wood or something.

I am considering getting a aux. for my 4.1m RIB (had an Evinrude brake down on me so now I'm paranoid!). I was thinking a 2.2. Any thoughts as to whether this might be enough?
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Old 23 June 2004, 07:49   #15
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Tim,

My aux engine rests quite happily on its engine latch - http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk/cru...8_142820AA_001

The engine lock also stops the engine from being bounced up, so when the boat is bouncing along, the engine stays pretty rigid and doesn't get thrashed around at all.

I guess every setup is probably different - this way works great for me, but may not be so solid with others. As you can see, at speed, the bottom of the engine is completely out of the water which is just as I'd want it.

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Old 23 June 2004, 09:44   #16
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Mine is attached directly to the transom just like gingercoastie's and alex's. It is a long shaft but sits well clear od the water. Its own tilt lock keeps it very rigid and no bouncing occurs at all. One handy thing is that the engine has adjustable steering friction which can be locked so that it doesn't turn in towards the main engine/ A-frame. This setup is very solid and works well for me. The engine was only fitted about a week ago as the whole rig is brand new so I haven't had the chance to fit a safety rope to it and tie it to the A-frame just in case the worst case scenario happens!!
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Old 23 June 2004, 10:17   #17
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Mine is attached directly to the transom just like gingercoastie's and alex's. It is a long shaft but sits well clear od the water. Its own tilt lock keeps it very rigid and no bouncing occurs at all. One handy thing is that the engine has adjustable steering friction which can be locked so that it doesn't turn in towards the main engine/ A-frame. This setup is very solid and works well for me. The engine was only fitted about a week ago as the whole rig is brand new so I haven't had the chance to fit a safety rope to it and tie it to the A-frame just in case the worst case scenario happens!!
Looks good but could you have not got the 2 engines color coded?
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Old 23 June 2004, 10:19   #18
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Looks good but could you have not got the 2 engines color coded?
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Old 23 June 2004, 13:34   #19
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Yep I know!!, unfortunately Mercury don't do a Saltwater version of the 5hp. Might try hunt down a set of blue decals though!!
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I had a stainless steel mounting put in just ahead of the transom. Works really well for my Marina 4sail auxillary. Not too much bother to swing it over the side, although with a Yamaha as a main engine I only had to do it once when we managed to catch our own fishing line.
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