I did not find any commercial products that fit my needs, so DIY is the way to go. I found two other boats that had photos of sliding mounts, of which I only kept one photo. However, it is a horizontal slide on a boat with no transom, not quite the right thing.
You certainly can use sail tracks and cars, such as those from Harken or Ronstan. But that is pretty expensive. Or you could make a custom stainless tubing design with nylon slides. I'm not sure if that would actually be any cheaper!
Either way, you probably want to include stainless steel springs to reduce the gravity load. It should also include a locking feature to keep the motor in the up or down position. A pin through the track may work for some installations, but not mine. I can't easily reach back and down over the stern. A rope system with clam cleats might also work.
Please tell me if you make any progress on this - I've not yet made a workable solution. Here's my transom, with my current engine mount upon the rudder.
Note that if I use a standard mount like this:
then the action swings the engine out away from the transom in the operating position and if my rudder then kicks up, the horizontal foil with get chewed by the prop. That's why I need a vertical track arrangement.
ps - I don't have the account type that allows PM's, so I'm posting this as a thread reply. The photos are viewable by pasting the links into your browser. I don't have enough Sailnet posts to enable hyperlinks yet.
Originally Posted by cal30
Just wondering if you ever came across a sliding bracket for your outboard. Looking for the same type set-up for my boat (vertical or up/down movement). Please if you had any luck or know more let me know. Pics would be a help too. We have someone that could manufature a mount, but need some ideas.