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Old 25 January 2014, 14:32   #11
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I'm not convinced that a tiny aux on a boat this size doesn't lead you into a false sense of security.
I certainly hope that nobody thinks they're immune from trouble by having a 2nd engine. What a 2nd motor gives you is options that you wouldn't have otherwise. Here in Puget Sound there is a lot of ship traffic so paddling is a scary prospect to me.

If someone has a 2nd motor, I would hope that they would test it out every couple of trips and make sure that PM is performed, just like they do for their primary. That's one of the reasons that I got an electric backup. Light, cheap, easy to maintain, and easy to test in the shed.
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Old 26 January 2014, 08:10   #12
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I'm not convinced that a tiny aux on a boat this size doesn't lead you into a false sense of security.

Close proximity to cliffs with a Lee shore, conditions where it is apparently too choppy to anchor - 2.5hp on an infrequently used engine, that you will have to get in position and started (having probably wasted a minute doing the obvious checks on the main engine) when things go wrong on a small boat it happens quickly.
I am making a bracket to mount the 2.5hp on the outside of the tube. I have cardboard / wooden template at present and am due to make a metal version in the fab shop. Once completed I will powder coat it and use stainless bolts to mount to the HONWAVE transom. The 2.5hp Suzuki only weighs 30lbs and packs a fair punch for its size. I will test and use the 2.5 whenout also and intend to use it for trolling occasionally, as the 20hp at idle goes a little too fast when trolling. When not in use it will be mounted on a bracket I am due to fabricate. I intend to have it raised out of the water ready to be dropped down into the water when needed. As stated once I have completed the project I will post pictures. I agree that fishing near cliffs isn't the best but that's where the best fishing is to be had. I used to fish from the rocks / cliffs but that presents a whole other set of dangers! Mounting an auxiliary engine will in no way make me complacent or lull me into a false sense of security it will merely give me another option if things go wrong. I will get some pics on here once the project is complete.
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Old 30 January 2014, 15:24   #13
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Aux bracket as detailed earlier has now been fabricated for my Honwave. Completed it during my night shift last night........ naughty naughty!!!
Just letting the paint harden then I will mount it next week and post pictures. Had minor issue with tohatsu 20hp tiller being impeded by the bracket when on full lock this has been resolved.
Was hoping to get away to Ullswater this weekend but couldn't make it for one reason and another.
I'm hoping the aux bracket is a success. Time will tell I look forward to some feedback next week if I can master how to attach photographs.
Happy sibbing!!!!
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Old 30 January 2014, 17:12   #14
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Testing to see if I can upload images
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Testing to see if I can upload images
Do not give up I for one would like to see the result
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Old 30 January 2014, 19:40   #16
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Testing testing
Trying with the wife's ipad now as my android tablet is naff.
This is not completed article.
This was early stages of head scratching and pondering
I will post pics of completed job through the week once I get it mounted
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Finished bracket Honwave aux engine bracket!
I will get the Honwave into the workshop tomorrow evening and get it mounted along with tohatsu 20 and Suzuki 2.5.
Curved plate on left of picture sits inside boat and will be bolted to transom with m12 stainless bolts.
Square 50mm box section will sit snug on top of tube to support weight of bracket / engine.
Engine to be mounted to plate on left of picture.
Engine elevated to locked up position clear of the water when not in use.
The Honwave has two handles at rear close to where propellor will be when it is tilted up in it's locked position.
I intend to ratchet strap the shaft to theses handles so it does not bounce up and down when I'm on the move.
I intend to clamp bracket onto transom first to make sure I think it is going to work then drill if successful.
Any how's I will post some pics tomorrow hopefully of a successfully mounted aux
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"Maybe old age but I am now of the opinion that you can't be careful enough when out at sea.
Conditions do deteriorate suddenly engines do break down."

I have read your post with interest as I am looking at getting an aux for my searider.
I think it is an age thing as when your young you just don't see the dangers.
I'm only 43 years young and I get a healthier respect every time I go out to sea.
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"Maybe old age but I am now of the opinion that you can't be careful enough when out at sea.
Conditions do deteriorate suddenly engines do break down."

I have read your post with interest as I am looking at getting an aux for my searider.
I think it is an age thing as when your young you just don't see the dangers.
I'm only 43 years young and I get a healthier respect every time I go out to sea.
Yep I hear you!
I am 5 years your junior and my eyes are opening wider and wider to the dangers of the sea.
I have been sibbing for 7 years now.
I purchased my first Sib to do a spot of fishing in sheltered bays in the south west of Scotland.
I have been getting more adventurous of late and have been going further afield - ten to fifteen miles from port and probably never no more than 3 miles from shore.
Still happy with my Sib but I feel that the natural progression to something bigger is only maybe a few years off now.
I used to assemble the Sib from the car boot and go.
Then came launch wheels.
Then a trailer.
Now I have got rid of the sporty hatch for a 4x4.
With the addition of an aux there is not much scope to further improve the SIB.
Maybe give it 3 to 5 years before I step up to a Rib.
By then the kids will be old enough to come along too.
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Old 31 January 2014, 10:00   #20
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I intend to ratchet strap the shaft to theses handles so it does not bounce up and down when I'm on the move.
Looks good.

I would recommend that you connect your engines to the transom (with a rope or cable) to prevent accidentally dropping them off the back of the boat while you are swapping them out.
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