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Old 20 May 2008, 18:53   #41
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If you'd have angled that console a bit flatter you'd have had a decent dining table to go with the new seating
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Old 21 May 2008, 08:24   #42
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You have me thinking now, if I use the twin bench seat up front I can maybe fit a picnic table in front of the console for lunch...........
I am still working out a way to get an overall cover over the console and seats for foul weather use. I am sure it is possible somehow.........
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Old 21 May 2008, 11:59   #43
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You have me thinking now, if I use the twin bench seat up front I can maybe fit a picnic table in front of the console for lunch...........
I am still working out a way to get an overall cover over the console and seats for foul weather use. I am sure it is possible somehow.........
Well given your lighting pole at the back why not upgrade the mounting points and fit one of these

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Old 21 May 2008, 14:28   #44
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If I attached that to the pole and went fast enough do you think it would work as a parascender?
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Old 21 May 2008, 19:46   #45
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Only if I can record the photographic evidence
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More parts arrived ready to fit. Need to persuade the pole mount plate around a less than billiard table flat transom and get bolted on permanently and get the now modified outboard bracket welded back together (I cut it up to modify it to suit the transom angle) The whole thing is now on a jig as shown to take up and get the pins welded again.
I went for this type of bracket because I bought a tender which intend to use it on as well and wanted something I could hook and lower easily and quickly in case of need. I intend to stow the aux inboard anyway so the bracket won't have the aux bouncing about and get broken or snap the swivel pin on the aux (ie lose the aux overboard!)
Got the towing U bolts in, just waiting for cables to turn up to get all the wiring dressed back into the console to start connecting everything up.
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I went for this type of bracket because I bought a tender which intend to use it on as well and wanted something I could hook and lower easily and quickly in case of need. I intend to stow the aux inboard anyway so the bracket won't have the aux bouncing about and get broken or snap the swivel pin on the aux (ie lose the aux overboard!)
See you went for the same Plastimo bracket as I've fitted recently. In the up position, there is still a degree of movement, just the nature of the bracket design. Because of space limitations I have to have the Tohatsu 3.5HP auxilliary fitted to the bracket and not stored inside. I had to modify the bracket slightly - due to the transom angle of the Zodiac Pro.

I also need use a mini ratchet strap or stainless-steel pulley to maintain tension on the auxilliary in the raised position, as the engine rest push bolt is woefully inadequate and likely to snap with vibration. I'll have a lanyard fitted too, in case the auxilliary decides to take an early dip!
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The brackets and pins on small outboards are notoriously weak and won't stand up to the hard pounding on a RIB transom.
I used to have mine ratcheted down on a U bolt but found it a bit of a pain to use. I am hoping that this bracket with make it easy to whip the aux on and off when needed (hopefully never) and will store inside the transom in some manner normally. I omly intend to have the aux mounted on it when being used so I want it easy to access as I have bought a small 2m dinghy with a hard transom to use to get to shore instead of swimming in drysuits as before. I was planning on a bungee to stop it falling down and rattling when going along normally empty.
Hopefully it will work.............
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of course the problem is, if you really need it in anger, it will take far too long to mount it... that coming from someone who does not have one currently! (trying to work out how best to mount it, straight onto the transom would be best, but the design of the transom battery boxes won't allow that )
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When I had mine on the transom the straps stopping it breaking and falling overboard would have taken longer to undo than what I propose to do this time.
The outboard bracket is above the top of the transom when raised. Putting the outboard on is just a matter of undoing the two clamps and one strap at the bottom of the leg and turning it round and tightening the two clamps again.
Shouldn't take any more than 30-40secs.
If you are that close to something hard and drifting towards my first thought would be anchor, not outboard. At least the anchor is more likely to hold and give time to sort everything out and is quicker to deploy.
From my experience there is no guarantee the aux will start first time anyway.
Its all a compromise of what will fit and is practicable, personally I wish I had enough money to buy and run twins and I wouldn't need an aux........
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