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Mounting an outboard mount on a Hunter 36

I want to mount say a 15hp (possibly more) longshaft outboard on a 1980 Hunter 36. Are there any commercially available brackets to facilitate this? Whats the quickest and easiest way to go about doing this?

Does anyone know of a way to mount an outboard without drilling holes in the hull?

I heard something about an extendable sled that allowed one to lower the outboard down into the water when motoring and retract it when out of use - is that a custom built thing or does anyone know of a product that does this?

Any links to similar projects or how tos would be greatly appreciated.
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Here's the link to the thread about installing an outboard on an Irwin 32 which he eventually gave up on. Outboard or not... know of no successful installations with one exception. In that case a well was built at the aft end of the cockpit with the outboard extending through the hull bottom. There is no other easy way to keep it in the water for close to proper use. Atom Voyages | Outboard motor well for a Taipan 28 sailboat Scroll down for info on the 35' boat.
By the time you modified the boat enough to make it work you would have destroyed the resale value as well.
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Any ideas on how to reinforce the transom? One of these mounts with the bracket that allows the mount to be easily taken off would work Garelick Motor Carts, Stands and Outboard Motor Brackets

Provided the transom can handle it. I dont love the idea of drilling holes in the transom but I suppose theres no other choice. Unless anyones come up with a way to strap a mount on somehow...

To initially get the boat out of its present location I could probably tie a board to the transom ladder to make a temporary mount to motor it out of the marina or maybe get a tow.
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