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Old 01-09-2012
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The final solution - what I came up with regarding auxiliary propulsion (pic heavy)

Well, here it is - this is the solution for the problems that may be encountered cruising in tight quarters (fairways/locks/canals whatever), without any kind of permanently installed motor. It's an outboard motor bracket bracket...

The biggest problem I had was not with the idea of having a small outboard for times when it's needed, but rather with the notion of a hideous eyesore permanent motor bracket mounted on such a beautiful overhang.

So.. I designed this nifty little stainless steel device here:




I made sure the fit was precise, and the motor bracket (when dropped into the motor bracket bracket) is threaded and bolted thru, in addition to the zipper welds. You'll see what I mean when you look at the pics below..

I'll mount it over a heavy piece of black rubber (pictured below) and bed with butyl, and of course use a huge backing plate (again, pictured below).























Well, lay it on me.. what do you think?

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nice looking bracket. Good idea and nice craftsmanship. Thumbs up from me

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Btw, if anyone thinks this might work for them, feel free to copy my design (not for profit though).

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awesome design. What type of boat/transom is it going on?
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Neat idea, hard to predict how usage over time will hold up. Could be a lot of weight and strain on those welds. I'm imagining that physically installing the outboard in the mount will be an exercise to some degree, ie retrieving it, leaning over the transom, tightening fasteners, etc.

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Giving up a lazerete to accommodate the increased space gained by removing the main engine is confusing.
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and one of these days one of my ideas brought to fruition is going to convince you I'm not quite as dumb as you think... (grin)
You got a long way to go Bubb!
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........with a built in fuel tank.....
This will complicate having no gas in laz.

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This is designed as a "barely there" motor idea, and one of these days one of my ideas brought to fruition is going to convince you I'm not quite as dumb as you think... (grin)
I wish you had the ability you avoid these baiting comments, they usually ultimately get you in trouble.
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What size boat do you expect to be able to push with a 3 or 4 hp motor?
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Chris,

Nice work, assuming the welds are sound. it would be interesting to see how long it takes to get the motor out and mounted, started and getting underway when a big barge or other commercial vessel is about to run you down. In your pictures it looked like your boat was about 30 feet. 3 to 4 HP may push it in calm waters with minimal current. If you have any chop where you are going you will need the longest shaft you can get or you will be "spinning your wheels". I guess it all depends on how often you will have to use it as to whether you leave it on permanently or mount it each time you need it. 3 to 4 HP seems kind of whimpy but it is a whole lot better than nothing. Curious about your battery charging capabilities?

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