So far the only difficulty I have with my newly acquired hobby is that I always need to rely on a second person to come out with me so that I can lift the outboard out of the boot, fix to the transom and vice versa. I'd rather have the flexibility of doing it all by myself especially that I already have a garage to keep the sib trailered in.
I usually travel up to 1.5 hours each way. I use a flat bed trailer and there is no ground clearance at all if I mount the outboard in the down position.
Some would argue transport it in the tilted position. Others including the manufacturer say this creates stress on the locking mechanism. However, I came across this small device on ebay appears to be rubber like that sits between the locking mechanism and absorbs the shock. Look at this on eBay M-Y Wedge universal single ram transom saver motor toter outboard Mercury Yamaha
At £65 is it totally necessary?
So that's that concern raised, the other is that of the transom, will it suffer too much stress due to the continuous bouncing and weaken the structure?
How about transporting it in the down position, could I potentially modify the trailer to raise the stern for enough ground clearance without jeopardising ease of recovery?
Now with the outboard permanently mounted on the transom, the sib is significantly heavier. Do I now need a winch on the trailer to assist with recovery?
Maybe I should just scrap the Flatbed Trailer and get a bunk/roller trailer with a winch?
Or should I just ditch the whole SIB setup and go for a RIB?
(I'm very impulsive so I'm trying to be sensible here)
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