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Old 02 August 2013, 17:30   #41
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leave and learn. Naturally I already got battery. Although for some reason my engine manual specifically spoke against AGM type battery. I got dual purpose (deep cycle/starting) group 24 battery.
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Old 02 August 2013, 18:00   #42
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Odd, normally AGM and flooded batteries are interchangible.

I overtopped my current flooded but sealed starting battery when I stuffed the bow in a wave. Fortunately it was freshwater and survived. I wish I'd gotten a dual purpose, although I have yet to flatten the mere starting type anyway.

Group 24 is plenty big enough.
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Old 02 August 2013, 18:56   #43
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Is this meant for a through bolt or a clamp on motor mount? Is there a security device for clamp mounts?

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Mine is older and I suspect a different brand, but one of these goes on an ouboard bolt and in theory prevents unbolting the outboard.

WEST MARINE High Security Bolt Lock at West Marine

UK thieves seem to just chain saw the transom, but I haven't heard of such a thing over here. I suspect our theives are more oppotunists and less of an organized gang.
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Hummm, how about this.....


MotorLocUSA: Clamp Lock
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That might work. Prob less secure in our setup, thieve can just unscrew backing plate and slide motor off transom. Buy looks of it we need to raise motors high enough clamps will be of no use.
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That might work. Prob less secure in our setup, thieve can just unscrew backing plate and slide motor off transom.
Not sure what you mean exactly, but the clamps should be tightened down very tight. So even if the metal compression plate were unscrewed the motor isn't moving.

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looks of it we need to raise motors high enough clamps will be of no use.
Then you need a shorter shaft.
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Here are a couple of videos of F470s with the multifuel Evinrude 55 hp engine, which probably weighs about as much as their current ETEC 40-50-60 line up give or take 10-30 lbs, which shouldn't make a difference.

If you get a rigid floor, you should be fine with these heavy ETECs. The second video seems to show an air floor.



http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=r...&v=XGbAtnrl6Nk
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Not sure what you mean exactly, but the clamps should be tightened down very tight. So even if the metal compression plate were unscrewed the motor isn't moving.



Then you need a shorter shaft.
Well they don't really come in 18" shafts, normally. Vid from Projectile shows same issue cavitation plate is way below transom. Unless it's normal that's what I'm trying to figure out. IBS people thought it should be higher. If I raise engine 2" seem like clamps are going to barely hold on to edge of transom. 15" shaft is way too short on the other hand.
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That might work. Prob less secure in our setup, thieve can just unscrew backing plate and slide motor off transom. Buy looks of it we need to raise motors high enough clamps will be of no use.
If they really want it, they'll chainsaw the transom.

Master has a clamp lock as well. West Marine has them.



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Well came back from week long vacation. Motor didn't get stolen. 25 four stroke Zuk certainly proved adequate. In most cases my family except my oldest didn't want me to go past half throttle. Seems pretty economical. From coast went up about 8-10 miles on Alsea river, run aground on low tide in the bay coming back, bobbed around some high mountain lakes and even boated inside a volcano. Last one was fairly taxing on motor. At 7000 ft above sea level it took it some time to get boat on the plane. All of this less than single 6 gal tank. About 3/4 maybe.


Got a leak in a keel, have to pump it up daily. Need to work on seating for passengers. Maybe get some Zodiac benches. Need to raise that motor couple inches for sure. Lots of splashing on transom.
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