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Old 08-29-2007
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I got a 'small' Westmarine Zodiac. Is there a technique for getting the outboard from the rail to the dingy that minimizes puncture or tipping? I'm glad no-one was filming yesterday and I now have a complete understanding of what a 'reverse pendelum' is. My 8 year old grandson pointed out that I was at risk of punching a hole in the floor with the outboard...me I was just fighting to stay upright. I ended up on my knees, go ahead, laugh and manhandled the little 3.5 into position. It was just as awkward getting it back to the rail. So tell me old salts....how do you do this?
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Keeping a low center of gravity when moving the outboard is key to controlling that "reverse pendulum" effect you mentioned. The 3.5 is light enough for holding the outboard by it's end handle - with just one hand. That way the other hand is always gripping a rail, ladder, dinghy transom or tube for leverage. If you feel the motor is too heavy for you, install a crane off the cockpit.

I always keep the outboard below waist level whenever possible and lay the motor flat on the dinghy floor before entering - never do I sit the motor upright on it's skeg - even though we have a hard floor. It's just too easy to lose balance with relative weight distribution being so high. It's also sensible to keep one knee on the floor when lifting the motor to the transom for better balance.
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TB's advice is excellent, as usual. If you havea problem with doing that... get an outboard sling and just lower it to the a bit above where it needs to be, and then get in the dinghy, and partially mount it, remove the sling and then finish mounting it.

BTW, I cheat... I put the dinghy motor down on the ama deck and then get aboard the boat, and then move it to the railing mount where it lives when not in use... but you probably got no amas...
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SD - what's an ama deck (I know - I'm full of questions. Just let me know if it gets annoying...)?
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SD - what's an ama deck (I know - I'm full of questions. Just let me know if it gets annoying...)?
It's where he attaches his training wheels to the boat.
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It's where he attaches his training wheels to the boat.
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