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follysurf 02-07-2012 11:17 AM

Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
My C27 has the outboard motor cut out in the transom and I have a very reliable Honda 4 stroke engine. The only problem is that it can not be tilted up to the point that the prop is out of the water. This results in heavy growth during the warmer weather. I believe that if I could find a fixed bracket that extended several inches, I would be able to tilt the engine far enough to get it completely out the water. I have seen the Garelick model 71074 which would do the trick but it is not rated for the thrust of a four stroke engine.

I know this is a fairly common issue and there have been some creative solutions.

What is on your boat? Any help is greatly appreciated and I would love to see some pictures of solutions.

A side note: this particular engine is not compatable with remote throttle controls :( so I need to be able to reach the gear shifter and throttle. Therefor I think the lifting stye mount may put the engine to far out when being used.

Thank you.

MtHopeBay 03-21-2012 08:29 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
I can't answer your question directly, but I've been searching around for a similar answer. I have the transom cutout and a Honda 4 stroke 15 HP that I would like to install. I'm currently using a Johnson 9.9 2 stroke that is a tight fit.

Searching here is hit and miss but if you search using Bing or Google you may have better luck. I plan to do more ocean sailing in my 27 and would like to have the 15 HP but I'm considering a small motor just so it's easy to fit the hole and operate. I'd rather have it easy to use than have more horeses and difficult to use.

Good luck.
MikeB

ScottGrosenick 03-09-2013 06:18 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Hey FollySurf - what did you end up doing here? I just came across the post and am on the verge of repowering my C27 with all the same concerns.

Thanks!
-S

Sea Dawg 03-09-2013 07:29 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sea Dawg (Post 997369)
Our similar problem was with a Catalina 27. Here's the previous weak bracket which also didn't let the larger 4 cycle swing clear of the motor well or out of the water...good luck as I can relate to your difficulties.
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...50640052_n.jpg
Here's a cardboard mockup of transom in the garage...
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...60631071_n.jpg
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...98195063_n.jpg
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...77472069_n.jpg
Here's what I custom made to extend and angle properly...
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...86393744_n.jpg
Here's a home made davit to avoid dropping a $1400 motor....
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...36817890_n.jpg
Here's the finished product...
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/v...65576799_n.jpg

Good luck with your quest.

ScottGrosenick 03-11-2013 11:16 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Wow! That's pretty impressive. Why did you opt for a fixed bracket over one of the spring loaded ones?

Also, did you go with remote controls? It seems like it would be hard to reach back and adjust the throttle when maneuvering in tight quarters.

Sea Dawg 03-12-2013 06:21 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ScottGrosenick (Post 1001454)
Wow! That's pretty impressive. Why did you opt for a fixed bracket over one of the spring loaded ones?

Also, did you go with remote controls? It seems like it would be hard to reach back and adjust the throttle when maneuvering in tight quarters.

Fixed or not, yes remote will be the next upgrade. The moveable mounts are mostly unreliable or right expensive with a 90 lb 4 cycle. I chose to custom fabricate it because even selecting one you are willing to pay higher prices doesn't mean it will tilt and lift to all your specifications. I felt I could guarantee it will be down in the down position and up (clear of the water) in the up position better than one I found in the catalog. For now the throttle is with a PVC extension. The gear shift is a limiting factor and we're looking at remote controls for that reason. I do feel your pain!

follysurf 05-02-2013 01:28 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Scott: I am finally tackling the motor mount issue, after completing the bottom painting, and here is what I have come up with. I found a spring mount on craigs list for a reasonable price that is more mount that I need for my 9 hp four stroke. Primarily using starboard, I made the motor mount hole about 4 inches smaller on the bottom (filled in with starboard) and reinforced the inside and outside of the transom with larger pieces of starboard. I then mounted the spring mount accordingly. I will take some pictures to show the final outcome. I am pretty confident it will work well since I hung off it with no problem.
My motor does not have the ability to connect remote controls so I also will be using a PVC extension to work the throttle and change gears. I plan on splashing the boat in a couple weeks and will let you know how it all works out!

brycelee 06-18-2014 09:27 AM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Hi SeaDawg

I am dealing with the exact same issue: Catalina 27, 9.9 Tohatsu. I need to solve this fast. Do you have the measurements of your fix? How far of an extension aft, specifically. Do you think it could have been any less and still have worked?

tastywaves 08-23-2014 10:03 PM

Re: Catalina 27 Motor Mount
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by follysurf (Post 1024514)
Scott: I am finally tackling the motor mount issue, after completing the bottom painting, and here is what I have come up with. I found a spring mount on craigs list for a reasonable price that is more mount that I need for my 9 hp four stroke. Primarily using starboard, I made the motor mount hole about 4 inches smaller on the bottom (filled in with starboard) and reinforced the inside and outside of the transom with larger pieces of starboard. I then mounted the spring mount accordingly. I will take some pictures to show the final outcome. I am pretty confident it will work well since I hung off it with no problem.
My motor does not have the ability to connect remote controls so I also will be using a PVC extension to work the throttle and change gears. I plan on splashing the boat in a couple weeks and will let you know how it all works out!

Hi follysurf - Do you have a picture of your filled in transom hole and outboard mount? Is it holding up okay and does it allow your outboard to be completely out of the water? I am thinking of replacing my 6hp merc with a 15hp merc (I know its a lot of power but I already own it and it has a remote). Thought about mounting off to the side but worried about lopsided weight. It can sit in the transom hole but wont tilt.


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