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Old 06-01-2014, 17:23   #16
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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

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Does anybody have pictures of a homemade harness? Our store bought is about to s#!t the bed and we would love to make one ourselves. I'm sure we could just copy the design, but if u've figured out a nifty way of doing it, please share.
One loop forward, one loop aft, one line on each side to hold the two loops together. Cinch the two loops at the top. How difficult can this be?
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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

sounds right. You just tie it up so the head stays up and the prop down and make shore it don't slip off. Use a safety like just in case. Sailing 101.
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I drilled four eyes into the lowercase and bolted them in. then attached the four lines to a ring. I have a simple pulley system that has a snap hook. I also tied a knot in the line that will jam in the block to stop the motor going in if i loose control for what ever reason. as long as the stainless does not break even if on line breaks I have 3 others holding it on :-) cheap as well.
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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

Suncor Stainless makes all kinds of stainless steel webbing hardware.
You would be surprised what you can make using their fixed threading plates to form loops in the webbing to attach hooks and D-rings. No sewing needed.
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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

Picked up a bridle rated for up to 25hp motor with stainless steel catches, fitted a jammer so I don't have to hold it while putting it on the cradle & a new bracket a little higher and out so it pulls straighter. Working well so farClick image for larger version

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Old 20-11-2015, 13:32   #21
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I Decided ROPE Is Too Dangerous........I just bought 2 Davis outboard cady lifting harnesses. I was using a rope harness which was working great until yesterday the rope caught on the dock, luckily dropping my motor back on the transom of my dinghy. I went to reviews after I bought the Davis harnesses and found the Davis is too small and does not fit my 15 hp 4 stroke Mercury. I am now in touch with "Outboardlift" online to see if there "Outboardlift 150" will work on my motor. It's made for 15 to 30 hp motors


Not a good Idea to leave the lifting straps on the motor. They are for on and off use only.
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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

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Not a good Idea to leave the lifting straps on the motor. They are for on and off use only.
Why is that? Mine have been on for the past 25 years (three different 15's) and I have seen no ill effects.

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Why is that? Mine have been on for the past 25 years (three different 15's) and I have seen no ill effects.

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I left my lifting straps on my 5 hp for 2 yrs. After coming back from cruising to have heart surgery. The sun ate it up. So really! It is so quick to put on or off. Why would you leave it on for the sun to eat at it? It makes it harder to access the motor to repair or replace spark plugs. I don't know of any strap material that would hold up in the Texas sun let alone the Caribbean for that long. You must have some amazing strap material!

From my experience, I choose to remove mine until needed
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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

i use rope. err line. my own knots and no extra geegaws.... but mostly i donot use an outboard any more. i used to, then i got smart. i have electric fro distances and docks.
no weight, no theft problem.
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I left my lifting straps on my 5 hp for 2 yrs. After coming back from cruising to have heart surgery. The sun ate it up. So really! It is so quick to put on or off. Why would you leave it on for the sun to eat at it? It makes it harder to access the motor to repair or replace spark plugs. I don't know of any strap material that would hold up in the Texas sun let alone the Caribbean for that long. You must have some amazing strap material!

From my experience, I choose to remove mine until needed
Well, I made our sling from one inch tubular nylon climbing webbing. Breaking strength in the thousands of pounds, and the tubular construction means that at least half of the material isn't exposed to the sun. there are four straps that share the load, and the load is only ~85 lbs. I am simply not worried about sun damage causing failure (and I doubt if the sun in Texas or the Caribe is any worse than in the South Pacific... everyone seems to believe that the UV in their home area is the worst in the world!).

I don't know anything about your usage of the o/b. In our case, we are full time cruisers. The outboard comes off and on frequently... sometimes ten times in a week as we move about. Having to remove the harness each time would be a PItA. So, I simply made ours strong enough to never have to worry, and as I have said, it has lasted a very long time.

It sounds, incidentally, like yours was made from polypropylene webbing... no other material would have wasted that quickly.

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re: Harness for lifting the outboard motor broke

Glad you caught the engine before it was lost. We manufacture the OutboardLift in the US and insure that our harness is be able to withstand the accidental lifting of both the motor and the attached dinghy. So the OutboardLift 100 can normally lift up to 450 lbs.
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