Some of you may recall
my recent exploits with an overheated Volvo
MD6A (baked rings - lost
compression) and my need to transit the East River in NYC
to get my boat to its' home before 11/8.
Well, the plot thickens. I had an old 15hp long shaft Evinrude
that I thought I could get running as a kicker
. I bought a small articulating motor
mount but then couldn't get the outboard
to run reliably. I then bought a 2000 Mercury
Bigfoot 9.9 4 stroke
long shaft (20") from a dealer. Came to install the motor
today and found the mount wouldn't let the prop get into the water
(only 10" of travel). Went to West Marine
and bought a larger mount with 16" of travel. Removed stern ladder and mounted mount as low as possible on the transom...but STILL can't get the prop all the way into the water!!!
My transom is inverse and curved in every way possible. I'm using 3/4 inch birch plywood
as a backing plate and to shim the mount closer to level...but it's not enough or even close to enough.
Rebuilding the diesel
now will cost a couple $1000 due to the quick turnaround required...and keeping the boat where she is for the winter would be much higher than my club is charging
I'm wondering about fabricating a steel
wedge shaped frame which would allow the motor mount to actually hang below the transom itself and to be level instead of countered against the stern. This can be temporary but has to work. Anybody ever see such a contraption?
Thanks in advance.