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Old 08 April 2015, 13:57   #1
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Aux problems, what to do???

Sooo I bought a 4hp 2 stroke mariner for my 5.4 sea rider as an auxiliary after a tense moment with an engine alarm in f5 weather close to some rocks only to find out I can't fit it anywhere as there is just no space!! So I've got a few options I guess :
1) scrap the 4hp and get a 3.3 teeny tiny engine
2) get rid of my MOD style A-frame which would allow me to fit a bracket ( anyone got one of the rescue style for sale?)
3) scrap the lot and replace with twin 40's

I think that 1 or 2 are the best and I'm leaning towards 2 (although 3 would be nice ) what's everyone else's opinion? If some sea rider owners out there can offer some advice please ??
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Old 08 April 2015, 14:42   #2
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What's the main engine?
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Old 08 April 2015, 16:21   #3
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05 mariner 90 2 stroke it's a huuge case for a smoker!!!
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Old 08 April 2015, 17:11   #4
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With the MOD A-frame you won't get a 3.3 on there either. My DT2.2 is the biggest I could get to fit mine, and the Yam on mine is a smaller cowl.

I did wonder about fitting a bracket to the A-frame. Trouble is, you couldn't tilt the aux then.
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Thanks NOS4r2 well I guess that clears that up then! What did you do in the end? yea I did look at the a frame mount someone had made on here Anyone know of a commercial / oil or inboard a-frame for sale then
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I just used the DT2.2 and carried a pair of paddles. It's not a lot of use, but better than nothing. Basically it'll be anchoring til the tide is going where I want, then using the DT to move across the current at about 3 knots.

I made damn sure I'd serviced the main engine regularly, along with fitting a proper fuel/water filter and carrying spare fuel connectors and stuff just to make sure I had the basics covered in case of a breakdown.

There really isn't much room on a SR5.4 whatever A-frame you have unless you custom design something. They're a narrow hull.
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Old 09 April 2015, 03:11   #7
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you could do this clamp round A frame not very clear but its basically like a jockey wheel clamp so you can quick release and drop past any cross members
steering by main engine not a get you home but keep you off the rocks
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Yea the engine has a rigorous service scheme and I carry a fair few silly bits in case, plus the fuel separator etc and a set of paddles but Just wanted the extra assurance I guess. Thanks guys. That mount looks good, but it still has a transom mount right ? So it's just stored on the a Frame?? Mine won't even fit alongside the main and tube with the a frame mount in the middle!
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Yea the engine has a rigorous service scheme and I carry a fair few silly bits in case, plus the fuel separator etc and a set of paddles but Just wanted the extra assurance I guess. Thanks guys. That mount looks good, but it still has a transom mount right ? So it's just stored on the a Frame?? Mine won't even fit alongside the main and tube with the a frame mount in the middle!
see what your saying if your boat is narrower than mine i have changed mine now by fitting it on the transom which only leaves 5mm clearance when the main engine is in full lock when the aux is down and it does rub the A frame when lowered but a bit of paint scuff is ok for me on the aux cowl.
one thing i did look at was an out rigger bolted to the A frame across the tube not to have the aux on permanently but to fit in an emergency might be worth looking at in your case you would have to store the aux whilst not in use say a plate on the back of the jockey seat not knowing your boat its hard to be more positive but food for thought hope you sort something out
the bracket is not clear and unfortunately i have no pics of the clamp but it slid down the A frame not fixed not ideal as the aux was limited in movement but better than nothing the bracket idea i got from a scaffold clamp which has a swinging bolt if that helps anyone.
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there are electric propellers that you can attach to your anti-cavitation plate just above the propeller.
Fishermen use them.
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