Originally Posted by champlain94
I am looking at an Alberg 30 that has a bad Volvo md-7. I will need to get the boat from Beofort NC to Myrtle Beach. So I want to put an outboard swing
Bracket on and motor. Does anyone know what make and model bracket works well with the slanted stern. Will a 20" shaft motor work or do I need a 25" shaft.
Hi Champlain94, congrats on maybe getting an A-30
Regarding a bracket, you will need a 25" shaft. I used a Garelick 71033 modified to accommodate a 2hp (yes, 2 hp) Honda four stroke. The modifications were removal of two of the heavy internal springs, and modifying the pad to be 6 to 8" lower as well as accommodate the smaller footprint of the motor clamps.
The spring removal was to make the "push down" of the bracket accommodate a smaller, lighter motor (it calls for a minimum of 7.5 hp), and even with the 25" shaft - you MUST modify the pad on the bracket to be 6 to 8" lower or you won't sit low enough in the water.
I also made a "bracket bracket", meaning I made a base plate that remains permanently attached to the boat, enabling the actual (fugly) bracket to be removed when not in use. Also put two pieces of very heavy black rubber strips to minimize vibration and shock, as well as account for transom curvature when mounting the solid stainless steel base plate (not an issue unless you make a "bracket bracket" like I did, as the Garelick motor bracket isn't a solid piece all the way across).
With motor bracket in place
Without (note the base plate - see the two "channels" that run vertically? The bracket slides in and down into those channels)
Motor lives on pushpit rail when not in use, bracket stows in lazzerette.
You'd prolly want a larger motor for your needs - I'd recommend a 6hp and the patience to run with "the flow" where currents might be fast on your route. I can make Annapolis to Oxford in 8.5 hours at half throttle on my 2hp, encountering up to 10 knots on the nose as well as shipping/large boat wakes.
Hope I helped you!