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Old 27 August 2014, 18:54   #11
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The axle is movable ya' know! It should be set up to be moved from the factory with u-bolts. Mount the motor(s) and weigh the tongue. A bathroom scale should work as it is a light weight setup. Of course you could just pick up the tongue and guess what it should be.
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Old 27 August 2014, 18:59   #12
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Careful with the storage boxes in there, if they are up against a tube they can abrade a hole in the fabric fairly quickly as they bounce around. Best to put the duffel bags and such against the sides.
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Old 27 August 2014, 20:13   #13
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The axle is movable ya' know! It should be set up to be moved from the factory with u-bolts. Mount the motor(s) and weigh the tongue. A bathroom scale should work as it is a light weight setup. Of course you could just pick up the tongue and guess what it should be.
Axle on my homemade trailer is fixed in one position - at the moment.
However you have given me an idea as half an hour with the drill and socket set could see it being adjustable too.
Food for thought as it could save some backache!
I have been toying with the idea of fabricating a metal support to attach to the trailer to help support the lower skeg of the outboard.
Do you have any pics of your support.
This could be a nice little project for me to escape the wife and her watching of soaps over the winter months.
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Google "Outboard Support Bracket" or "Transom Saver" - should get you enough info.

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Careful with the storage boxes in there, if they are up against a tube they can abrade a hole in the fabric fairly quickly as they bounce around. Best to put the duffel bags and such against the sides.
Yep I hear that!
I utilise jackets, waterproofs, waders, towels wetsuits whatever is getting packed anyway to pad the sharp / hard edged boxes etc to prevent abrasion or puncturing of the tubes.
Hence why carrying the outboard inside the sib as previously stated is a no no.
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I use a pre-manufactured "Transom Saver" that I then modified to work with my trailer. For $15 US dollars it was a no brainer. Found it on Craigslist, which is forum of sorts. It was new in box, but many years old.

Since the design of the transom saver I got was for a trailer that had a roller on it, I had to come up with a way to keep it centered so it wouldn't slide around. I recycled some angle aluminum I had laying around and wrapped the trailer with HD tape to keep it from rattling too much. My outboard has manually adjustable trim, so I can put a load on the transom savers spring. Keeps it from bouncing mostly and yet still offers a little spring. The transom is tied down to the trailer with those aluminum brackets I made too. I put large holes in the backside to hook the strap ends too.

There are many different styles of transom savers.
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The bins in my boat don't touch the tubes. Even if they did they are smooth edged. I do bungee the lids on for extra security.
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Thanks for that post Peter.
I can foresee a few nights in the man cave fabricating a support and altering the Sib trailer.
I do love a winter Sib project !
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Thanks for that post Peter.
I can foresee a few nights in the man cave fabricating a support and altering the Sib trailer.
I do love a winter Sib project !
There are a bunch of DIY versions. I would recommend using a spring if you can, as it eases the bouncing.

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Looking at the "transomsaver" a pair of old suspension mountain bike forks comes to mind (and perhaps some unistrut)

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^That is a pretty good idea. Great ingenuity The forks could bolt to something that cradles the motor, then weld something to the stem. Most likely the stem will be aluminum, if they are lightweight. HD could be steel of some kind. I would recommend a fork that doesn't use an air spring, but uses either elastomers or metal springs.

Of course a tube that slides over another tube whether square or round with a spring inside would accomplish the same thing. A little stiction would not be the end of the world.
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