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Old 07-03-2014, 07:48   #1
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Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

Hi,

Can someone recommend a dinghy engine lift tote that does not depend on plastic clips?

I tried the Davis but

(a) it uses plastic clips, and;
(b) it doesn't come apart well enough to support my yamaha 9.9 with the curved cowling.

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:51   #2
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You can make one out of rope that uses knots, some details on the internet.
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Exactly. A parcel knot and a shackle will cover most up to 100 pounds or so, although I suppose it also depends on your deck crane versus a boom end.
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My lovely Diana made ours from seat belt material and stainless fittings. I keep thinking that we should market it, but there just isn't enough sales demand for it.
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So where are the pic's of your wife's fancy work??
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My lovely Diana made ours from seat belt material and stainless fittings. I keep thinking that we should market it, but there just isn't enough sales demand for it.

I wouldn't be so sure of that, Many are un-happy with what's available
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Re: Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

Agreed, particularly for smaller outboards. The harness kept slipping off my Tohatsu 3.5 until I modified it with some small cord to keep it in place.


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Re: Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

I have the one with the plastic clips, I have to admit it seems a little scary, but I bought it in 1995 and it's spent years in the tropics and still works! used it most on a 15 HP yamaha too....
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I have the one with the plastic clips, I have to admit it seems a little scary, but I bought it in 1995 and it's spent years in the tropics and still works! used it most on a 15 HP yamaha too....
In addition to the clips the other issue I have with the Davis tote is that it cannot fit on the modern Yamahas because it only splits on one side... there is no way to feed the nylon through as per the directions.
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Hi,

Can someone recommend a dinghy engine lift tote that does not depend on plastic clips?

I tried the Davis but

(a) it uses plastic clips, and;
(b) it doesn't come apart well enough to support my yamaha 9.9 with the curved cowling.

Thanks,

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You can make one out of rope that uses knots, some details on the internet.
Yup...make your own. The only reason for the plastic clips is to make it adjustable...one size fits all. I have seen those clips fail due to sun or mis-manufactured in China. So I can see your hesitation. I used 1" webbing and had a member here sew it up for me. It fits snuggly, after I manipulate it on and it lives on the outboard full time.
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Re: Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

I made ours out of 1" nylon webbing. I drilled through the metal handle and the tabs next to the cover release handle, made an X over the top, melted holes in the webbing, and bolted the nylon to the outboard with stainless fender washers. $5.00, 3 years, and 0 failures
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Re: Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

they sell all kinds of stainless clips (in powder coated colors too) for 1 inch webbing. You can put together just about anything you like without even having to sew (though that would be better I guess). Look at this site for example

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Re: Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

Depending on the design, I would think a couple of cinch belts at the sides (even made of bungee cord; they needn't be elaborate) would be helpful.
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Is that link safe to open at work?

Seriously though, good discussion. I bought a one-size-fits-all harness and I'm really nervous about trying it out. Custom built to your own needs seems like a better idea.
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Re: Dinghy Engine Lift Tote

The marketed harnesses seem excessively complex. I use one 40" strap of nylon webbing with a D-ring on each end. I run it under the motor and just in front of the foot/shaft. I do add a short piece of line from the D-rings to the front of the engine to help with balance, but that's all. I did this after once removing my Davis harness and finding it a frustrating puzzle to put on my new outboard.
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