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Old 22 June 2009, 03:43   #11
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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):-
http://www.marinescene.co.uk/product...tboard-bracket

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
I would not use one, A freind had to have a stainless mounting made behind his jockey because the bracket (like yours )twisted and the engine nearly disappered, this while it was not in use. I mount the engine inboard when not running it. When I do need it, it goes directly onto the transom, I had a stainless section cut and bent as a surface so apart from the lugging from the bow to the stern when I want to use it (can be dicey in rough stuff) it's a good way to do it....
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Old 22 June 2009, 04:29   #12
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Old 22 June 2009, 07:04   #13
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I bought one of those brackets a couple of years ago, but took it back for a refund after checking its components - crappy rivets and thin stainless pressing. I thought it would fall apart in no time, so decided to make one out of 3mm 316 Angle instead - haven't done so yet though......
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so decided to make one out of 3mm 316 Angle instead - haven't done so yet though......
I have for my 15hp and it's one of the few bits not to fall off yet
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I have for my 15hp and it's one of the few bits not to fall off yet
I was waiting for you to reply Jim, cos I recalled you carry a 15 on a bracket, but also thought you probably made it... let's have some pics then!
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I've been thinking about fitting an aux for a while now and looking for a suitable bracket (boxes on inside of transom would prevent bolting directly to the transom).

I saved this picture from somewhere, earlier in the year, thinking that's just the type of bracket I would need... Robust and simple. Now I can't remember for the life of me where the picture came from

Does anyone recognise this and could point me in the right direction?!!
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That looks perfect.

http://www.garelick.com/product.php?pnumber=71091

these are better than your average but not cheap and still don't look as good.
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I was waiting for you to reply Jim, cos I recalled you carry a 15 on a bracket, but also thought you probably made it... let's have some pics then!
Yes made one in mild steel to try and then stainless steel painted white but it looks like it could use a blast and recoat
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Yes made one in mild steel to try and then stainless steel painted white but it looks like it could use a blast and recoat
With pics this time it's had some hammer too, but been fine
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The moulded plastic mounting plate broke clean in half,
A late friend of mine had a series of these (at least 3, maybe more) on his 17' Boston Whaler. He had similar problems to yours on every one of them. He was going to have an aluminum pad fabricated for the thing, but passed away before he got to it.

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