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Old 19 August 2007, 17:13   #1
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Transporting an outboard on its side?

Hi, decided to take the plunge and picked up a sib with a yamaha outboard.

For the time being im going to have to pick it up in the boot of a volvo until i get round to fitting a towbar. (part of the reason i went with a sib not a rib).
In the manual for the engine i cant see it mention transporting it horizontally, it only says it can be transported in its running position.

On another yamaha 50hp model it does have info on storing it sideways, explaning the coolant must be drained first.


So is it safe to transport an outboard on its side (yamaha 50x) or should i avoid doing it? I would of thought they get so much punishment at sea it wouldnt of been a probelm but im sure i will be told different!
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Old 19 August 2007, 17:30   #2
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2 stroke or 4 stroke?

Both can be laid down after a period of standing upright for the water to drain down from the cooling system.
2 strokes need to be transported so the exhaust cover plate on the powerhead is upwards (this is to stop water entering the cylinders via the exhaust)
4 strokes should say which way up to transport them to stop the oil running into the cylinders.
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2 stroke, heres the manual for it: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outboard...&lid=5&mid=624

so do i have to do anything to it before transporting it in the boot (it hasnt been used in months), other than making sure its exahust is facing upwards?
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You could drain the fuel out of it if there's any in there but that's about it.
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Flipping heck that's a bit big to lug around all the time!!! i take it you will carry the ready setup SIB on the roof? It will make life a lot easier.

No probs with the 2 stroke. Let it run out of fuel before putting it away or you may get fuel leaks all over the place.
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thanks for the input guys - ill rem to drain the fuel.

Its not ideal but my car hasnt got a towbar at the moment!

As for boat on the roof, i was intending to deflate and stick it in the boot - but sticking it on the roof would definitely be easier... is it as easy as simply running some straps over it (the car has a roofrack).
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thanks for the input guys - ill rem to drain the fuel.

Its not ideal but my car hasnt got a towbar at the moment!

As for boat on the roof, i was intending to deflate and stick it in the boot - but sticking it on the roof would definitely be easier... is it as easy as simply running some straps over it (the car has a roofrack).
Yes it is - upside down of course. Make sure the bow is tied down or air will get under it. On the roof means you don't have to remove floorboards etc all the time.

The other thing that's vital is a set of launching wheels - espeically with an engine that size.
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thanks for the info and quick responses!
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Got a Yamaha metal shipping crate complete if you want It. bloody huge would need to go into a van not an estate though.
That goes for anybody just take it away ....................before it turns into a hanging basket or something!!
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2 stroke or 4 stroke?

Both can be laid down after a period of standing upright for the water to drain down from the cooling system.
2 strokes need to be transported so the exhaust cover plate on the powerhead is upwards (this is to stop water entering the cylinders via the exhaust)
4 strokes should say which way up to transport them to stop the oil running into the cylinders.

Nos is right
Also watch for the dipstick leaking if its a fourstroke.
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