but if it were me I'd trade the outboard in for a lighter one.
Did try out the Yammie 2.5 HP @ 37 lbs, but it was too lazy.
The only lighter 4 stroke
would be the Suzuki @ 29 lbs, but a friend had nothing but problems with that one and not covered by the warranty...
Had lighter 2 stokes before, but tired of maintaining old engines that need more and more TLC..Sold one and gave the other one away.
This thread was not about what size or weight outboard I should buy, but rather how to store a 48 lbs 4 HP, 4 stroke?
IMHO attaching the outboard to the mast would turn a one person job into a two person job, something I would be averse to.
Not a problem, we are usually at least 2 people on the boat anyway.
Wife has always been in the dink while I handed the motor
The new one however probably needs a halyard
and a winch
in anything but calm conditions for lowering and hoisting.
Considered davits for boat and motor, but decided against, therefore this thread.
I guess you could fab-up a bracket and fix it to the mast that would handle the new outboard...I'm not sure if it has to carry the weight...is it practical to fashion a chock that could support the leg.
Yeah, the leg would lest on deck
, but something, a bracket or whatever need to secure the rest of the engine
while underway and in rough weather
...A teack chock glued to the deck
is the easy part, not sure about the bracket however, may have to have on made at a machine shop, but was hoping for a standard off the shelf type, but I guess not many folks attach their outboard to the mast.....?
Why not install those "fanny rails" to support yourself at the mast when working forward in a heavy sea? Then, you could simply place an outboard motor mount on them. If your lazarette is deep enough, or you don't mind the aroma of evaporating gasoline (even IF the carb is empty, it still stinks) you could offer it the protection and low center of gravity of a hanging locker amidships.
Yeah, I have thought of the fanny bars on and off, probably should, but that is a bigger project
than just taking the outboard for a sailing trip...
No lazarette and even if I had one and if it was deep enough, it would be a fire hazard storing a motor down there..Motor and tanks
always stays outside.
The reason I can't hang the new outboard on the stern rail is that the Bimini
top is so low that there is no room for the bigger motor, and no room to stand up and lift
..Hard to do while standing on yer knees and with a bent back..It worked for the 29 lbs motor, but I won'e even try with the new one:
The bottom corner of the outboard bracket can be seen on the Stargboard side.