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Old 29 October 2015, 12:34   #1
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Engines, transport and storage

HiÖ Iím considering a SIB Ė the Honwave T38 and I have some questions about engines/storage/transportÖ to be honest Iím a little confused and the threads Iíve found on the forums are leaving me even more confused.

(1) Transport Ė Iím considering a Honda 20Hp 4-stroke. If I put this in the back of the car how do I ensure it doesnít leak petrol/oil and/or get damaged. Is there a specific way it should be transported?
(2) Transport Ė Iíve read that many people trailer their SIB Ė however Iíve also read that you shouldnít drive with the engine on whilst trailered (strain on the transom/tubes not to mention the bounce that accompanies a SIB on a trailer) Ė doesnít this defeat the purpose of trailering if you have to remove/mount the engine every time?
(3) Storage Ė is it okay to leave the engine on the transom for prolonged periods of time in the garden or should it be removed whilst being stored

And one about storage of a SIB

Is it better to leave it fully inflated, part deflated or completely deflated when stored? I was thinking Iíd part deflate it and then hang it somehow from the garage roof but any recommendation would be appreciated.

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Old 29 October 2015, 12:59   #2
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4-strokes have labels on them to tell you how to lay them down.

Been argued here loads about trailering with an outboard on. You need to make sure your trailer supports the transom well... and the outboard skeg too.

I prefer an outboard stored inside over the winter... well at all times actually.

Again differing opinions re SIB storage. I believe the best would be inflated to a low pressure with no outboard on, indoors and completely enclosed in a cover of some kind. However all my SIBs have been fully deflated and packed... protected from dust, dirt & impact damage plus a neat package to tuck away in the garage. This tight packing has never caused a fabric or seam issue even with 40yr old SIBs.
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Old 29 October 2015, 13:03   #3
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A lot depends on how often you use it. For me it's two weeks every year in Scotland. Transport my Tohatsu 4 stroke on it's side in the boot. Being a 4 stroke it's very specific (usually a sticker tells you which way) as the oil can leak out. No worries with a two stroke. I wash and fold my Honwave 3.5 AE thoroughly when we get home, dry it thoroughly first and put it away from the mice (hopefully) on a high shelf. Outboard lives upright on a stand.
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Old 29 October 2015, 13:06   #4
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Thanks chaps.

And I'm guessing the outboard will fit sideways in the boot. Think the Honda is 1.1m and I'm guessing the internal width of a Passat boot is wider than that?
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I keep mine ready to go full cover on pumped up to 80% pressure,engine on 25hp bunk trailer bunks past transom keel bunk the same.docking arms fitted to keep boat strait when retrieving
Two straps off transom to the trailer engine lifted up and rested on chock not onto the mechanism with strap back keeping engine tight, winch on the bow in a position to keep the boat down and forward pump to full pressure before traveling and keep cover on too.reason my rig is heavy duty Sib 100kg engine 61kg 49kg other stuff +fuel nothing wrong with wrong with other methods just suits me and never had any problems towing and done thousands of miles over the years.

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The weight of the fourstrokes I don't find a problem, it's the top heavy aspect I struggle with when putting it in the boot. I usually get the Mrs or one of the kids to lift the gearbox in first. I always pack it well with an old quilt to minimise scratches on the cowl and rest the head end on an old pillow to raise it slightly too.
The shortshaft engines are quite compact.
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Have a look at gurnard's posts he puts his 25 two stroke in the boot/ estate on a sack trolley with the boat on the trailer not sure but he might even put the boat in too 4.2 m quicksilver 120 kg at times . he's got it off to a tee floating the boat pushing the engine down on the trolley and float the boat under it no lifting! He will be along if he's not on another adventure.

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Here is an example of my Citroen C5 Tourer packed with...

Zodiac 360 air floor. Mariner 15 2-stroke. 25lit tank. Lifejackets for 4. Anchor, ropes, oars, boathook, flares, floating grab bags, tools etc. Two seats and seat bag. Transom wheels. Two large tarps. Bravo pump. We had already unloaded luggage and kit for two adults plus two teens to spend a week in Scotland.

If not obvious the rear seat backs are not folded... just the normal loadspace.
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Here is an example of my Citroen C5 Tourer packed with...

Zodiac 360 air floor. Mariner 15 2-stroke. 25lit tank. Lifejackets for 4. Anchor, ropes, oars, boathook, flares, floating grab bags, tools etc. Two seats and seat bag. Transom wheels. Two large tarps. Bravo pump. We had already unloaded luggage and kit for two adults plus two teens to spend a week in Scotland.

If not obvious the rear seat backs are not folded... just the normal loadspace.
About as good as gets David I bet 15 mins and your ready to go spot on.

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Yep it was an efficient outfit to assemble... back in 2010 that was. Car is now different/older and larger, outboard a Mercury the same size, Zodiac has become Aerotec but the principle remains.

Below was us just arrived home from two weeks in Scotland this July... the ultimate test of car packing. Full kit as in two posts above but this time a Zodiac 340 and Aerotec inside plus an Aerotec on the roof... and an extra set of transom wheels!
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