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Old 07 February 2010, 18:01   #1
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Making an outboard stand

Do you think this would be suitable as an outboard stand for a 2-stroke Tohatsu 60hp, long shaft (115kg). Like the idea it's collapsable, but I'll use linked chain instead of a webbing strap for strength - or does it look like a disaster away to happen? Need to get the engine upright so I can service it. Anyone got a better idea?
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Old 08 February 2010, 02:01   #2
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I used a youngmans trestle to support my 50hp yam when it was off the boat for a while, the ones you can hire.
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Old 08 February 2010, 02:12   #3
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Do you think this would be suitable as an outboard stand for a 2-stroke Tohatsu 60hp, long shaft (115kg). Like the idea it's collapsable, but I'll use linked chain instead of a webbing strap for strength - or does it look like a disaster away to happen? Need to get the engine upright so I can service it. Anyone got a better idea?
If it is safe and does not wobble about and your able to work on any part of the engine
it is as good as anything else.

Plus like you said it folds away.

Another one the same and your near on there with a any length portable work bench as well.
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Old 08 February 2010, 04:19   #4
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For such a heavy engine would maybe use glue laminated timber/beam. If you use
standard size used in house construction work, its not very expensive. Its
always "straight" and will remain so over time, less hazle to use and work with than traditional wood.
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Old 08 February 2010, 04:34   #5
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looks ok to me,,perhaps though the small legs might be better a bit longer and bolted a bit higher up more like a tressle,,or you could use the tail gate of the white truck in the photo ,,,lol
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Old 08 February 2010, 12:45   #6
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I used some 42mm unistrut and two cantilever arms (from work). I bolted the arms to the wall using M10 anchors and used zebs to attatch the unistrut to the arms. Works a treat!

You can pick it up at an electrical wholesalers pretty cheap! Unitstrut is great stuff!
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Looks like one of these.
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My outboards bolted onto a sack truck at the moment (55 Yam), £5 used off ebay or you can get a fancy new one with pneumatic tyres for about £30. You need to fix/strap a length of wood to the top by the handles but then you can drop the engine on just like on the transom. Rock solid when its upright and you can move it whenever you like. regards AL
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Cheers guys. Thanks for the ideas. I'll post a picture on completion.
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You can pick it up at an electrical wholesalers pretty cheap! Unitstrut is great stuff!
My fence was held up with unistrut for a couple of years, great stuff!
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Bought the timber today. Could be the start of something along the lines of 'Bridge Over the River Kwai'! Have decided to go for a simpler design (not the trestle/scissor style) which will be bolted together. Once its served its purpose it can be dismantled for storage. Was planning to fit a couple of castors but B&Q were charging £8.50 a corner which is daylight robbery. My kids have a little scooter with perfect wheels... come to daddy!
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Not back for £30 even if I do say myself. Was thinking of making a IKEA style instruction sheet! Still to add small wheels at the back so I can move it in the garage. With 115kg on it - it will be a dead weight.
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You may want to consider fixing some struts onto the uprights. With 115kg on the top, those bolts fixing the uprights to the base frame are going to creak a bit.
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You may want to consider fixing some struts onto the uprights. With 115kg on the top, those bolts fixing the uprights to the base frame are going to creak a bit.
Will do, thank you. Honestly If I use any more timber I could have built a bungalow! Think I have some old fence posts I can put to good use.
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You can cut the bits off the base which will be forward of the outboard. They won't be contributing anything to the strength or stability of the stand.
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Not back for £30 even if I do say myself. Was thinking of making a IKEA style instruction sheet! Still to add small wheels at the back so I can move it in the garage. With 115kg on it - it will be a dead weight.
if you can screw 3x1 rough sawn 1 piece under the front and 1 piece under the back i will send you 4 x 3" nylon castors with bolts just drill through the 3x1 and bolt
all you pay is postage back to me after you have recieved .
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if you can screw 3x1 rough sawn 1 piece under the front and 1 piece under the back i will send you 4 x 3" nylon castors with bolts just drill through the 3x1 and bolt
all you pay is postage back to me after you have recieved .
Thank you - but I have already 'liberated' two wheels (temporarily) from my daughter's scooter! If that doesn't work - I'll take you up on your generous offer.
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I made an outboard stand out of an old wheeled zimmer frame and it cost me nothing, although it's probably only strong enough for an auxilliary engine
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I made an outboard stand out of an old wheeled zimmer frame and it cost me nothing, although it's probably only strong enough for an auxilliary engine
Nice one
When you retire from boating, you may be able to put it back into use.
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Old 16 February 2010, 15:10   #20
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Nice one
When you retire from boating, you may be able to put it back into use.
Not if I've had the wheels from it first!
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