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Old 25 October 2014, 16:23   #1
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correctly securing outboard

I am pretty new to sibs and was wondering how you all secure outboard to transom .on my honwave there are transom lifting eyes which point inboard so i have been tying a rope from there to eye on outboard transom bracket : is this enough or is there a better way?really dont want to lose my honda bf 20 obviously as well as tightening two fixing bolts :lol
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Old 25 October 2014, 16:53   #2
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correctly securing outboard

That sounds an ok solution.
I keep a short length of rope tied to the eye on the transom plate which I then tie to the eye on the outboard adjacent the clamps.
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You could also line up the outboard clamp levers and loop a rope through both to stop them vibrating loose if worried. 😎
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Old 25 October 2014, 17:08   #3
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I too use the provided loop on Zodiac transom plates with a small outboard but that plate is only held on with about six 1/2" wood screws so with a 15hp I always use one of the eyes bolted right through the transom... such as the standard ones on the Honwave or buy an eye and fit it if here isn't one.
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Thats good then;i will try rig something more permanent though i think maybe with a shackle or carabiner on it .do the screws ever come slack if tightened properly though? Better safe than sorry i suppose
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do the screws ever come slack if tightened properly though?

Never happened to me so far, but theoretically they could. I do usually line the levers up though, to at least give a visual reference should they decide to loosen.
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It's not them getting loose that worries me... with a larger outboard it's the 80-100+lb weight putting a snatch load on the screws and pulling them out.
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I spliced a rope on to the transom plate and it has a clip spliced on the other end so very easy to just clip ti on to the engine!
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I always clip a short rope from the lifting eye bolt on the inside of the transom to the engine loop on the saddle/clamp
but have known for some to put a complete loop of rope right around the whole engine or leg fastening it back to the transom .

In all the years of boating Only time i saw an outboard actually fall off was someone who had refitted a hard boat & was testing it out
He had screwed polished Stainless steel sheeting on both sides of the transom , boat went ok forwards but as soon as he put it in a power turn the engine just twisted itself off the transom as the clamps had nothing to bite on ,,think the engine was near brand new & some divers recovered it for him a few days later .
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Old 26 October 2014, 06:37   #9
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Thanks for tips guys ;its good to be able to ask people with previous experience on these matters.i know questions from newbies must seem trivial to most long standing members but not to ask and learn is silly too,theres a lot to learn and i for one consider such things pretty important ;thanks again,jake
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I once knew someone whose outboard leaped off the back of his boat (not a SIB, but the principle is the same) so it can happen.

I think if you attach it carefully in the first place and check it periodically, the risk should be negligible.

I have just bought one of those outboard locks, mainly to comply with the insurance.

What you do is line up the thumbscrews (tightening levers) then slot the lock over them. Therefore it is impossible for the bolts to turn - and therefore the engine cannot be removed either deliberately or accidentally.

Of course, if someone really wanted to swipe the engine, 30 seconds with a jigsaw would cut a bit out of the transom, including the mounting plate, and they could worry about the outboard lock later. However the lock will prevent accidental loss of the engine and may deter opportunists.
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