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Old 09-09-2013, 20:42   #1
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Storing Spare OB Motor?

Hi all,

I just picked up a great mid-90s Johnson 15 hp outboard. I'm really loving it, but I want to keep my Yamaha 8 as a back up. Any ideas on where to stow the extra OB? I'd like to keep it off the rail, as one is more than enough . I also posted about stowing a spare Bruce anchor on CF, so any ideas about that are also welcome.

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Old 09-09-2013, 21:50   #2
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Re: Storing Spare OB Motor?

We struggled with bringing a smaller spare outboard before we left cruising and just couldn't make it fit well. Haven't needed a spare yet after 5 years.

Some things to consider: if the 8hp is a 4-stroke, you have more limited storage options because they can only lay on one side and are not forgiving of being tipped around much (heeling and pitching). I guess emptying the oil helps that a bit. Also, outboards stored and not run turn into anchors pretty quickly on a cruising boat.

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Re: Storing Spare OB Motor?

Fixed into the area behind the Inboard? Kinda over the shaft. YOu may need to glass in some blocks to fasten it too though ;-)
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:13   #4
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Re: Storing Spare OB Motor?

Sell it. If you want a spare engine buy a Tohatsu/Mercury/Mariner 3.3hp two stroke; it'll fit in a cockpit locker. Alternatively, a pair of oars.
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Re: Storing Spare OB Motor?

Where you might have the space is something only you could know. One thing to consider is that if you drain it of gas and oil (it is a spare, after all) then you don't necessarily have to store it upright.

Personally, I agree with sestina. For a spare I would get something a lot smaller and lighter.
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Re: Storing Spare OB Motor?

Yeah, depends on your boat. some place out of the way you dont need to access much...under the V berth? (added weight forward though)
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Re: Storing Spare OB Motor?

Your lazarettes are probably deep enough that you could build a bracket or just a lashing block for it in one of them. I've seen that before in a few boats and it's a nice option if you can afford the space.

That said, I would just hang it off the rail if it were me. And yeah, I'd probably replace it with a smaller 2.5/4 2-stroke. Then use the 15 for longer trips and adventuring, and the 2.5 for going to the dock. It's soooo much easier to manage than the 15 hp honker.
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