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Old 25 September 2015, 09:48   #11
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Lifting a 25hp

I seem to recall The Gurnard has moving his 25hp Mercury down to a fine art. Some pics in this thread;
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Old 25 September 2015, 10:48   #12
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...Cheers for the responses. I am going to give it some thought, I like the idea of wheels that clamp onto the cav plate! Cunning!

In an ideal world I'd have a 15 and a 25! That depends on the taxman this year... We are planning a fairly adventurous trip on the boat next summer which would involve having a lot of camping gear and fuel onboard. Given that weight and the nature of the crossing a 25 might be better, but all our gear isn't going to add up to the weight of two adults and there will only be two of us on the boat so perhaps the 15 is ok.

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Old 25 September 2015, 11:15   #13
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We are two.... err... medium size adults. With 25lit fuel and lots of kit plus a slim 18yr old teen and dog a 15hp pushed us on holiday faster than conditions would comfortably allow most of the time.

Of course 25hp would be more fun when the passengers are up for it but the extra power would not greatly affect our passage times.
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Old 25 September 2015, 12:08   #14
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I seem to recall The Gurnard has moving his 25hp Mercury down to a fine art. Some pics in this thread;
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He does and I've seen him do it in person he makes it look fairly easy (but not trivial) - but even with that it still seems a lot of hassle compared to a rig where it stays on the transom!
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Old 26 September 2015, 02:29   #15
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Simonafloat i am currently using a 25hp 2 stroke on my Aerotec and appreciate your concerns.
The weight is obviously more noticeable getting in and out of the car, but up to now i have only had to lift it from the car straight onto the transom. I have got some decent launch wheels which take all of the weight and once the 25 is on the transom the extra weight over the 15 is next to nothing.
If the taxman is kind how about a Suzuki df 20 at 44kg if you are worried about the weight.
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Old 26 September 2015, 02:57   #16
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I had a 25 on the sib - worked well and really loved the set up. I could just about walk it around myself, 2 of us to lift in and out of the car was best and when possible would always double handle.
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Old 09 November 2015, 11:44   #17
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I have a 25hp 2 stroke, I do have a van with a side door, man handling it in is a little tricky. I set my boat up next to the side door and then only have to lug it a few feet to transom. Have the big zodiac wheels on the boat to walk it all down to the water. At the other end I have a sack barrow so load it from the van to that. It is heavy but really like my old 2stroke (it's an early 80's one). I don't have anything to compare it to though (it's my first setup) so it maybe that I'd be better with a more modern 15how or something.
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When we first bought our SeaSearch 420 we plumped for a Tohatsu 9.8, mainly because my back was playing up so anything heavier was out of the question.
It was a great set up, planed easily with just the 2 of us, it was economical and quiet. Soon as we had friends or family with us, planing was a no no.
The only time I lifted it off the transom was to take it to be serviced, a stipulation to keep the warranty valid.
My back has now improved so we've bought a nearly new 25hp 2 stroke which I can just about lift myself.
Been out in it once, 4 up and boy is it good, too good for the conditions, couldn't open it up fully without risking flipping it or someone falling out.
As the new engine hasn't got a warranty, I don't need to get it serviced by a dealer, I can do it myself even while still on the transom. The only time I can see I'll need to lift it, is to take it indoors for the winter, and when I do I use a modified sack barrow as per most people on here.
If anyone is interested in a Tohatsu 4 stroke 9.8 with about 15 hrs on it, I know where there is one ;-)
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All very helpful, thank you.
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The Aerotec 380 when inflated with the wheels supplied, would seem to act as a trolley in itself, when moving the motor from the boot to the boat.
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