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Old 16-05-2020, 05:04   #1
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Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

Hey All!
1) Holy smokes!!! Outboard motor mounts are friggin expensive!! What has anybody done to circumvent that?? Is there something you have made??

2) How safe is it to tow the dinghy with the motor tipped in? ( yes yes only in fair weather).

3) what’s the heaviest weight you’d put on a stern rail motor mount?

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Old 16-05-2020, 05:32   #2
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

I hang a 99 lb outboard on mine, and worry about it in sporty weather. I really ought to reinforce that section of railing. The mount, an Edson, handles the weight easily. It’s the railing that worries me, I know it has to be fatigueing it at every roll.

Don’t tow any dinghy that you will be upset if you lose, especially with a motor. ICW is fine, but on passage even a short day passage, don’t. Weather just gets up too often.
With a motor they turn upside down and ruin the motor and often will rip the tow line loose, cause upside down they have a LOT of drag. No motor and they will fly, honestly take off and fly, spinning around and crashing into the water, then if there is enough wind, they take off again.
I towed mine for awhile, just day sailing and not long and two things surprised me, first how much it slowed me down and secondly if you tucked it right up to the stern to reduce drag, how loud it was.
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Old 16-05-2020, 05:35   #3
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

Are you looking for a motor mount to propel the mothership with, or just a pad to store the engine on?

We tow quite often on short hops in well protected waters, our little dink tows better with the outboard down and centered.

3. What size stern rail? What structural rigidity is available?

Our stern pulpit is happy with 55lbs on it, it be ok going with a little more. We’ve got a 44 year old 32’ boat.
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Are you looking for a motor mount to propel the mothership with, or just a pad to store the engine on?

We tow quite often on short hops in well protected waters, our little dink tows better with the outboard down and centered.

3. What size stern rail? What structural rigidity is available?

Our stern pulpit is happy with 55lbs on it, it be ok going with a little more. We’ve got a 44 year old 32’ boat.
Just a pad to store the motor on. I don’t feel comfortable towing dinghy with the motor on it, even tipped up. I see bad things happening!
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

Had my 5hp merc back there for 13 years .. about 60 lbs. Did w Atlantic crossing with it there all the and Black Sea.
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Old 16-05-2020, 08:10   #6
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

We have a 15HP 2-stroke on our rail. Been a similar outboard there for 25 years. Of course our rail is a bit more sturdy than your average production boat. For long passages (more than two or three days), we drop the outboard into the aft locker, just to keep it out of the weather and spray.

A bracket is easily made, two pieces of teak that are routed out to fit the rail at a place where a vertical support intersects with the horizontal rail, and then screwed together.
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We have a 15HP 2-stroke on our rail. Been a similar outboard there for 25 years. Of course our rail is a bit more sturdy than your average production boat. For long passages (more than two or three days), we drop the outboard into the aft locker, just to keep it out of the weather and spray.

A bracket is easily made, two pieces of teak that are routed out to fit the rail at a place where a vertical support intersects with the horizontal rail, and then screwed together.
Brilliant- if you are on/ near your boat- photo of the mount possible?
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

I guess I don't think they are that expensive. We have ours on one of these:

https://www.defender.com/product3.js...91&id=1878299#

We have an 8 hp Yamaha 2 stroke. True, doesn't weigh much, but works fine for us.

YMMV
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I guess I don't think they are that expensive. We have ours on one of these:

https://www.defender.com/product3.js...91&id=1878299#

We have an 8 hp Yamaha 2 stroke. True, doesn't weigh much, but works fine for us.

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Omg!!! That’s ridiculously cheap!! I was looking at stainless ones for about 400$US!!!
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

I made mine out of 3/4" Starboard. Mounting a 8HP/80# motor for the last 20 years without issues. Flat board, three pillow bock shaped clamps, 1/4" carriage bolts. Similar to the current Seadog design that Defender carries. Which is now cheaper to buy than the materials cost me! https://www.defender.com/product.jsp...27#description
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Omg!!! That’s ridiculously cheap!! I was looking at stainless ones for about 400$US!!!
I bought a teak one at the local boat store for around $40. I was annoyed at the time because they didn't have the cheaper plastic one for $20.
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

Here is the one I made to carry my Tohatsu 3.5 four stroke outboard on the 1 1/4” stern rail. It is made from solid wood bolted on with stainless u-bolts. The piece with the holes for the motor clamps is screwed and glued on. It’s 7 years old now and other than varnish looks as good as new. [ATTACH]
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

You can make your own. Just saw a V shape across and vertical in the wood for the mount. Saw angle 45 degrees. Bolt it to a cross tubing on the pulpit with SS U bolts from the hardware store.
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Use two 3/4 ply pads and saw a V in each half to match and use SS Carriage bolts. Starboard is nice too.:
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Re: Stern Pulpit Outboard Motor Mount!

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Hey All!
1) Holy smokes!!! Outboard motor mounts are friggin expensive!! What has anybody done to circumvent that?? Is there something you have made??

2) How safe is it to tow the dinghy with the motor tipped in? ( yes yes only in fair weather).

3) what’s the heaviest weight you’d put on a stern rail motor mount?

Thanks
Laura
Just make one out of some scrap 2x8 and use three u-bolts to secure it to the stern pulpit. Mine is 22" long and been using it over 13 years including a roundtrips to Hawaii and Alaska. Put some good varnish on it and it is classic.

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Huh? Just two pieces of scrap wood with spacers cut to fit. Seal and paint ...
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