Originally Posted by Searider
Looks like your main engine is quite wide - is it a Vee engine?
A frame seems to taper inwards shortly after it gets above the top of the transom.
So, looks quite tight.
Three things spring to mind.
1. Will the clearance be improved if you mount the A frame on the inside of the transom, not the outside?
2. If not, you might have to mount the engine on an auxiliary bracket.
3. Is the clearance any different with your main engine up as opposed to down?
Thanks for the replies.
I haven't had much of a fiddle yet because it was dark when I got home last night (winter!) but:
1. I don't think so
2. Might be one way round it, thanks
3. I think the aux tiller would then hit the main engine cowl but I must admit I didn't try it as it was dark and raining....
I looked through the RIB Raid photos for pictures of other boats but almost nobody seems to carry an aux....? So I guess the "best" option might be to lose the A frame... it then means finding some other location for nav lights and more importantly (I could live without nav lights) the VHF aerial which is essential for safety. For those who don't have A frames fitted, where do you put these? A "pole" (such as might be left if I sawed the A frame off two feet above the transom on one side
) would probably solve the VHF problem but it might look a bit odd. Are there any requirements for nav lights, in terms of where they should be located, height, spacing, location relative to each other etc etc?
Codders I was going to try the "main engine steering idea" so will post the result
I suspect the steering may be "somewhat limited" but I don't see why it shouldn't work for longer trips, probably not for berthing though?
The other thing I need to check is whether the main engine is offset at all ... there might be an inch or so more room on the starboard side if so.
There was me thinking I could just clamp it on and go, why is nothing ever simple, bah humbug