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Old 25 October 2011, 14:20   #1
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Transom clamp (Paddles)

I am a totally new to boating and have just purchased a used 2006 Mercury 6hp outboard. Unfortunately the previous owner snapped off the two transom clamp paddle handles, (they had seized up during storage) leaving just the two threaded screws. I contacted my local mercury agent who informed me to my surprise that a replacement clamp screw kit would cost me around 117.00.
Is there anywhere that I could perhaps purchase these parts second hand?
I would really appreciate any helpful advice from you guys.
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Old 25 October 2011, 15:49   #2
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That's crazy. The handles are a part which can be ordered on their own for a start. They cost about 18. The thumbscrews are about the same price max.

Not suggesting it's the case here but do the toggles move freely now ?

I only ask as I buy a lot of motors and one thing to look out for is broken handles. Why ? As people often lock them together on the transom to prevent the motor simply being removed and lifted off. As a result they get snapped as ally breaks before a stainless steel padlock!!!

If the toggles are free moving it would suggest they may not have been snapped during "storage" - if they were it would be the actual rivet which would break not the lockable insert on the outer edges of the handle.

Sorry if that sounds a bit accusing, in my line of work you have to be.

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Old 25 October 2011, 17:05   #3
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That's crazy. The handles are a part which can be ordered on their own for a start. They cost about 18. The thumbscrews are about the same price max.

Not suggesting it's the case here but do the toggles move freely now ?

I only ask as I buy a lot of motors and one thing to look out for is broken handles. Why ? As people often lock them together on the transom to prevent the motor simply being removed and lifted off. As a result they get snapped as ally breaks before a stainless steel padlock!!!

If the toggles are free moving it would suggest they may not have been snapped during "storage" - if they were it would be the actual rivet which would break not the lockable insert on the outer edges of the handle.

Sorry if that sounds a bit accusing, in my line of work you have to be.

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Thank you for your comments Peter, and just to make sure we are talking about the same thing, to show what I still have, I have marked in red on the attachment one of the remaining threaded components of the transom clamps. The paddle handles and retaining pins are the parts I need. The threaded parts are no longer seized and they screw back and forth freely. Please tell me where I can buy the missing parts. I have searched the internet without any luck.
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Hello

I don't see the attachments but yes that's what I'm talking about. The thumbscrews (handles) can b bought along with the rear washer spreading plates. I don't see both of them breaking by the threads being seized on the actual clamps. If the clamps seize they normally break.

I'd speak to another Merc dealer who can get the parts you need and not rob you at the same time!

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If no success finding the parts quickly, it seems that a couple could be fabricated fairly easily from aluminum bar stock.
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Have you checked ebay?
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never underestimate the power of a pack of beer and a visit to a local but small engineering company ....
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Old 27 October 2011, 18:47   #8
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I'm with Peter on this one... storage causing clamp threads to seize on a 5yr old motor!!
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I'm with Peter on this one... storage causing clamp threads to seize on a 5yr old motor!!
That's my point, I'd agree the thread could seize but in my experience that's what would snap not the handle unless they were being used as leverage in which case the threads would still be seized until they were fixed which I'd imagine you'd replace them and the handles together not do the threads and leave the broken handles.

Do you have a pic of the broken handles, I'm betting it's just the loops which are broken. What's your location. It's not Lyme Regis or maylandsea by any chance ?

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Old 28 October 2011, 07:03   #10
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Perhaps I am not making myself clear, maybe the previous owner lied about how he broke off the handles, I'm not concerned with that, All I have left is the threaded portion that is attached to the outboard with the dished washer on the end. I do not have the broken missing parts. I just want to know where I can purchase 2 swivel handles and two retaining pins at a reasonable price. ( But thank you all for trying to help). I have just spoken with another Mercury dealer in Frinton on Sea, (I live near Colchester in Essex) and he came up with a similar price of 106.00 for the full clamp kit and confirmed that "Mercury" do not sell the swivel handles and retaining pins separately. So, if you can, please tell me where I can buy these for around 18.00.
And yes, I have been googling and looking on ebay for these items.
The only picture I can attach is a pdf, see post #3.
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