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Old 12 April 2014, 14:40   #1
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new 380 few questions

Not been out in the boat yet between one thing and another. I am aware i may need to raise the engine slightly to stop the spray that is common to these boats over the transom . I have a suitable piece of wood cut that will raise 1.5" , but do i need to fix this block to the transom or can i just place it on and tighthen the engine down ?
Second question, i plan to tie my fuel tank down under the seat where there are some fixing points but where do i tie down my backup engine , a 3.5 two stroke. I have a padded carry bag for it but there isnt really any suitable fixing points. Can i just glue some strap things down to the airdeck such as this PVC Inflatable Boat Dingy Seat Retaining Strap Patch

Or is this a bad idea as they could rip out damaging the airdeck ?

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Old 12 April 2014, 14:49   #2
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First i would see how it goes before raising the engine up , try it then if it does need any shimming you can screw it to the top of the transom if needed ,
Just make sure that the clamp screws are below the top of the transom ,some engines makes have slightly deeper saddles than others which means that you can increase the hight of the block of wood shim.
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I've got the 380 with a 15hp Mercury 2 stroke, I haven't had any problems with water coming over the Transom.
As m chappelow says, best to try it first before making alterations.
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Okay yes il try it without first, engine is tohatsu 9.8 2stroke. so i can just raise it up on the clamps without the wood ? how would i ensure its level , could it wiggle loose as the saddle isnt hard on the transom ?
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I get water over the transom when on my own, but with wife and kids this weekend, no water at all!
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I used a loose block of wood on my Aerotec 380/Yam 15hp to raise the engine enough to stop any splash back. This worked to great effect with no inconvenience. I wouldn't consider a back up engine as there is definitely no transom room, and also would make the 380 unstable.
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[QUOTE=monkey;612027]Okay yes il try it without first, engine is tohatsu 9.8 2stroke. so i can just raise it up on the clamps without the wood ?
No !!it will need some sort of strip of wood under for the engine saddle to rest on otherwise having a space between the engine & the transom the engine could twist itself off when turning or finish up bending the clamp screws .
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Thanks for the advice , have a suitable wood block standing by if need be. My plan is not for the backup engine to be on the transom.It will be stowed in a padded bag on the deck at the front of the boat , it only weighs 13kg . surely this would not make the boat unstable?
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Okay yes il try it without first, engine is tohatsu 9.8 2stroke. so i can just raise it up on the clamps without the wood ?
No !!it will need some sort of strip of wood under for the engine saddle to rest on otherwise having a space between the engine & the transom the engine could twist itself off when turning or finish up bending the clamp screws .
Cheers , that makes sense
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Thanks for the advice , have a suitable wood block standing by if need be. My plan is not for the backup engine to be on the transom.It will be stowed in a padded bag on the deck at the front of the boat , it only weighs 13kg . surely this would not make the boat unstable?
I was referring to a back up engine being mounted on the transom making the boat unstable. Regardless of weight there wouldn't be enough room to mount it. Can I ask why you are considering a back up engine ?
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