Anybody got any hints on what to do and not do fitting a bracket for a auxiliary outboard, I thought it better than paddles just in case, as i do not know how good the main motor is, hasn't been in the water since a major powerhead rebuild.
not a lot to it really, there is a few golden (and obvious rules) make sure the motor will reach the water when needed, plenty have been caught out with short shaft motors and brackets up too high, make sure the motor is powerfull enough to propell your boat in windy/choppy conditions with you right at the stern steering and operating the motor, make sure the motor is run regularly to ensure it will start when needed, make sure the motor has a seperate fuel tank and line in case you have fuel problems, make sure you can actually get to the motor to start the thing when it is in the running position.
I run a 15hp long shaft with a high thrust prop. Its been on a 5m Cruise Craft and now on a Allison 189. Gets 4-5 knots easy in most sea conditions. 6-7 knots flat out. The extra weight on the transon can effect handling on some boats but mine still goes OK. My set up weights about 40-45kg.
Ive got my motor sitting on the highest "shallow water drive" position and this has it about 5-10cm out of the water when on the plane. The prop is in the water when anchored and drags a bit when trolling. Ive got it lashed down to prevent it bouncing around.
As Noelm has said make sure you run it frequently and give it its own fuel supply. I run it on the hose and flush my aux every trip or monthly in the front yard at home.
Easiest way to determine the hight to mount your auxiliary bracket. Fit the motor on your bracket, The bracket being in it's lowest position. Lift the hole thing up against the transom " muscles " Have some one looking to make sure the motor is standing vertical when the bracket is hard against the transom. and the cave plate is just below "THAT" area of the hull "about an inch or two" Then have your mate mark a line on the hull where the bracket is. Then only drill one top hole, mount the bracket and tighten, Stand back and confirm the brackets sitting square, drill the rest of the holes, Remove bracket and silicone bolts/ washers/circles around holes. inside as well. ( Sorry this was step 2 )
Step 1. If your going to use the tiller handle, then your bracket needs to be on the side where the tiller handle will be closest to the main motor. Full lock the main motor to the side your mounting the auxiliary motor. Mount your auxiliary motor on your bracket and lift it to it's correct height, give about two inch's of space to the main motor and mark a line on the hull,.. Now you can go back to step two! There are adapters to connect both motors for steering, Which means you can use less space if thats your problem. Cheers.