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Old 21 November 2006, 10:56   #1
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Aux placement

Hi folks,

I was wondering if anyone has considered putting their aux at the bow to aid weight distribution?

When the boat was built I had them fit a 6hp aux (25kg), next to the main ...(main engine 211kg), as a consequence, I think the boat possibly is stern heavy.. (I only have experience of boats that were set up incorrectly so this is an experiment ) I intend having a go at putting the aux up in the bow.

I had a sampson post fitted there, I think this would be ideal as a mounting attachment to redistribute the weight ,unfortunatly I'm at a loss as to how to securely attach it. A pad as supplied on one of those raising aux legs might work, it's the fixing to the sampson post thats the issue.


Has anyone felt the need to or actually done this?
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Old 21 November 2006, 11:12   #2
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Is the auxillery 4 stroke or 2 stroke?
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it's four stroke and I've limited deck space..good one though.
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Unless properly mounted it will be smashed to bits with the extra movement at the bow.

If you need some extra weight up front use it wisely and get a bigger anchor and some extra chain. Either that or some sand bags that you can lob overboard if you need to.
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Unless properly mounted it will be smashed to bits with the extra movement at the bow.

If you need some extra weight up front use it wisely and get a bigger anchor and some extra chain. Either that or some sand bags that you can lob overboard if you need to.
The movement up there did concern me,I had decided to remove the post after taking some measurements and get the stainless mount welded on (then bolt the wooden pad to that) I'm trying to move neccessary weight forward as well as mount the engine.

However I think you might be right as I've never seen another one mounted like this....
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It'll get drenched far worse if you stuff too if you mount it in the bow-one of the times you may well need it to work...
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Also bear in mind that it may get in the way when you're anchoring, climbing aboard from a pontoon, etc.
Why don't you rely on the dependability of your spanking new main motor, sell the aux, and lob all the coins you get for it into the anchor locker
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Also bear in mind that it may get in the way when you're anchoring, climbing aboard from a pontoon, etc.
Why don't you rely on the dependability of your spanking new main motor, sell the aux, and lob all the coins you get for it into the anchor locker
First class,

I never thought about the anchoring implications, now THATS a good reason for not seeing it done elsewhere.

climbing aboard from a pontoon-aux cowel would be softer on your face when boarding blathered.....which I have never done.......
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Isn't there something like Sea Start in your area. Sell the engine and use the money for that.

Secondly the floor on the front of your boat is different to mine. I don't have that ridge that you can see in your picture of the samson post. Is it of any significance, looks like its a bracing bar for the post. Is that correct ?
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Isn't there something like Sea Start in your area. Sell the engine and use the money for that.

Secondly the floor on the front of your boat is different to mine. I don't have that ridge that you can see in your picture of the samson post. Is it of any significance, looks like its a bracing bar for the post. Is that correct ?
The floor in the bow looks like that because RC glass in a pad as they do for the A Frame (two individual ones) this allows them to fit the stainless without compromising the hull.

Re sea start; I can't get the self reliance thing out of my head. I've settled on having two stainless sections (bit like butterfly wings) welded to a aux pad
which in turn will be welded to the samson post, on the inside. A further pad (material to be determined) for the skeg, bolted to the floor.

The anchor will still be operational
The fixings/welding will be forkin strong so no damage due to movement
An aux cowel cover in case of a dam good stuffing...
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