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Old 07 January 2019, 06:05   #1
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Mariner 30 transport pin

Looking for some advice, after being off the water for 5 years I have finally bought a new boat, however, I can't figure out how to lock the outboard up for transport. My fear is that the pin is seized but I want some advice before trying to free it off.

The outboard is a 2001/2002 Mariner 30HP 2Stroke Power tilt. The outboard comes up fully exposing the end of a pin/button with a red cap on it (circled on the below picture of a similar OB I found online with black button). The pin does not budge!!! I think it is seized due to being on a mooring and from new and never engaged.
Does anyone know if you would normally need to pull out, twist or any other procedure for engaging the pin other than lifting fully up and pushing it in to stop the OB coming back down.

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Not quite sure which pin you are circling.
Can you do a closer pic?
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A while since I used one of these but I'm pretty sure you raise the leg, engage the pin and gently lower leg to drop onto pin. The knob is a push/pull and yes they can seize so release fluid and gentle persuasion!

Welcome back after your break. I remembered in the past you'd launched Mersea way and just had a skim through of some old posts to remember your original Honwave outfit. I'm assuming this new outfit is a RIB??
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wedge a piece inch and a half square timber across the saddle then lower the outboard onto it would be my advise them tilt locks are only suitable for making sure the engine doesn't drop while your working on it
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A while since I used one of these but I'm pretty sure you raise the leg, engage the pin and gently lower leg to drop onto pin. The knob is a push/pull and yes they can seize so release fluid and gentle persuasion!

Welcome back after your break. I remembered in the past you'd launched Mersea way and just had a skim through of some old posts to remember your original Honwave outfit. I'm assuming this new outfit is a RIB??
if it's the same as my old 40 mariner it had a single push bolt for a better word my advice is leave it alone dont use it to transport just do as beerbelly says bit of wood or some engineering plastic across the saddle you support both sides then
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Good advice above... my mind went straight to the thought of working on the OB and the pin's use in that circumstance so I'd still free it off anyway... but as said they are a bit fragile for towing situations.
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Good advice above... my mind went straight to the thought of working on the OB and the pin's use in that circumstance so I'd still free it off anyway... but as said they are a bit fragile for towing situations.
i never got my head round them why when you can just lift the engine all the way supported on the mechanism [both sides] still freed off it could be used for support during maintenance i always went with the bit of wood though for transport
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I suppose the pin is in case of a long shot of tilt system failure while you were working or perhaps to stop movement if someone accidentally pushed the tilt down while you were working on it.

I don't like one sided stops/supports on any mechanism.
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Thanks all for the replies, I have a bit of wood for transport - my old Yamaha had a flimsy latch that snapped off on the trailer and quickly taught me a lesson!
I want to free the catch off as a back up (in the unlikely event it bounces and lets the wood out) and to lock it up when beached or similar, I haven't noticed it creeping but have known many to creep down.

I will start soaking it in release spray ready for freeing it off at the weekend, I didn't want to take to it with grips and a hammer and then find twisting 90 degrees would have released it.
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I suppose the pin is in case of a long shot of tilt system failure while you were working or perhaps to stop movement if someone accidentally pushed the tilt down while you were working on it.

I don't like one sided stops/supports on any mechanism.
never thought of that good point if the mech fails your buggered in the shallows NEVER STOP LEARNING

with the wood i put a hole each end thread a bit of bugee through tie tight never moves then
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