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Old 27 December 2004, 08:31   #1
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Transport of large SIB

Recently purchased an 18 foot Achilles and intend on using a 50hp engine. Rather than use a conventioanl trailer, I was hoping to use a smaller trailer on which the boat could be deflated and folded. The main issue is the engine. Is anyone aware of a method through which the engine could remain mounted as the boat is folded on the trailer? I recall seeing a similar system used on a large Zodiac several years ago.


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Old 27 December 2004, 08:44   #2
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Hi, I take it you meant Sib & not Sub!

< Edit: Corrected typo in title! JK >

Had a inflatable with a 40hp a long time ago, had it on a trailer but would take the engine off & lay it in the boat then trailering! Saved the transom a bit of where!

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Old 27 December 2004, 08:56   #3
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poor typing skills

Indeed, I meant SIB.

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Old 27 December 2004, 10:48   #4
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I'll bet the others all thought about going out to see the sub being transported ! I did.;
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Old 04 January 2005, 07:53   #5
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I used to have a 5.85m Zodiac inflatable, which I decided to get a full bed trailer for.
I did look at the deflate and stack option but the costs were coming out rather close and as I was often working solo or as good as so went the other way.
The military have a space frame / cage made up that you can put the engine into to make it easier to move and strap down to a trailer.
After running with a hand stear 50 for a while your arm and shoulder will be rather sore even if you have the shoulders of a Bear! and bearhugging a 50 hp outboard on and off a transom can be hernia inducing and if you haven't had one may I suggest you keep it that way they are not fun
Hope it helps drop me a pm if you want more info.
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