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Old 19 January 2012, 08:45   #1
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Auxillary Engine advice

I have a 4.8m Rib with a 75HP Engine so not huge amount of room. I had a wee 2HP Yam shortshaft and it pushed the boat but not in wind so I sold it last night. When tilted up it did not hit the water. And when down it hit the water OK.

My question is should I be buying a short sgaft or long shaft? If long shaft will it clear the water when tilted up?

Running at the budget end of the boating scale I figure an aux is a good idea!

Cheers for tips.

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I would say short shaft, long would be dragging in the water when on tilt. Looking at your pic there doesn't seem to be a lot of room on the transom, maybe adding an aux bracket might be a good idea. A 3.5 would be a good size engine for it.
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I would go to your local dealer and ask for a test of the honda 2.3 as this would not o hang of the back need to hang off the back unless you needed to use it and he could check the lengh needed for you.

this pushes out a lot more than an old 2hp engines so worth a try and weighs 12-13kg depending on short or long shaft.

If you feel it is not big enough the tohatsu is the same as the merc / mariner at the smaller sizes but is cheaper and enjoys cheaper spares.

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cheers chaps, the wee honda might work, a mate has one for his tender might be worth a test. I assumed it would be the same as the old Yam but worth a try.
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cheers chaps, the wee honda might work, a mate has one for his tender might be worth a test. I assumed it would be the same as the old Yam but worth a try.
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Hi Tomkat, i had a 4hp sail drive long shaft on this rib last year it pushed it along at 6knot, i had the engine on a bracket & never hit the water, here,s pic
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I've had back-up engines on both my boats. First a Tohatsu 3.5hp long-shaft (2-stroke) on a Zodiac Pro, and currently a Mariner 4hp (2-stroke), again long-shaft. I had a Plastimo auxilliary bracket before on the Pro, but never again. Thing use to shake like a bag of tools.

I could probably get by with a standard-shaft auxilliary, but the long-shaft still clears the water if you secure with a ratchet strap and it's under tension.

A Mariner 4hp with internal tank will give you around 45 minutes run-time. You can carry a 4.5 litre (1 gallon) pre-mix spare tank on board. I was looking for a Yammie 4hp that can connect to main fuel tanks - but they're pretty rare.
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cheers chaps, might be worth setting a long shaft on for a look! What do you mean by rachet strap for securing?
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The main thing you want to ensure is that with the engine tilted down the prop is completely below the bottom of the transom, otherwise you won't get the full performance out of the prop
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cheers chaps, might be worth setting a long shaft on for a look! What do you mean by rachet strap for securing?
Most small outboards when tilted in the 'up' position will have a degree of play, so you can imagine what they're like underway or at WOT. The tilt mechanism won't take this kind of abuse for long.

I fitted a stainless-steel u-bolt on the transom leg/support. I use a ratchet strap secured around the auxilliary engine (under the cowl) and connect it to the u-bolt, then ratchet it so it's under tension. The auxilliary stays clear of the water, is tight as a gnat's chaff, and is rattle free. Easy enough to deploy when required. In an emergency I'd cut the strap.
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Old 22 January 2012, 14:34   #10
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cheers Spartacus, took a chance on a long shaft 5HP Mercury 2 stroke with 30 hours on it (allegedly!). with your strap tip I should be able to tilt it up enough to clear the water. If not look out for another ob int he for sales!

I have not made the a fram yet so should be able to squeeze it in, I hope...
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