Went out in the solent today for a spot of fishing, on my own as I sometimes do. As some of you know, I now have an auxiliary outboard on the back of my boat, for that extra feeling of safety etc, with a Tohatsu 9.8 on it. It's held up really well for the past few months since it's been mounted until today.
It's one of these by Plastimo (not from marine scene I might add):-
Well, en route to the needles today, I heard some strange metallic clinking sounds, but could not work out what from even though I stopped and had a look around. Then was hearing them again, and before I stopped, I heard a snapping sound, looked round to see the aux engine lying at a strange angle, only help up halfway in position by the strap to the seat back
Went to transom, and the top lever arm of the bracket had snapped at the transom mount! With the outboard locked onto the bracket, and the bottome arm looking like it was going to give way, I had to get the socket set out (I normally get criticised for taking so much stuff with me, but glad I had them today). I had to unbolt the mounting pad to get the outboard on deck, not the easiest thing on your own in a bouncing boat whilst trying to hold up a 10hp outboard.
Really lucky the outboard was also strapped to the rear seat back
, or it would have been overboard, but also lucky the bracket snapped the way it did, the other way would have send the aux leg into the prop of the main engine (not sure I would have stayed in the boat if that had happened, or if it would have stayed the right way up for that matter).
So, the bracket is rated to 10 hp. Is it also rated to certain maximum speeds or sea states? I've been out in much worse than todays conditions.
Anyone else had this problem?
Or got a different type of bracket that's more up to the job?
Or are they just not suited to the world of RIBs?
Thanks for the feedback, a rather relieved Neil