Originally Posted by Squanderbucks
I’m not too excited about recommending keeping the original setup. The “pan” or tub portion seems pretty flimsy and the engine
weight does not seem to be supported directly by any heavy structure. The engine
mounts are not supported by anything solid.
I would ditch the molded tub and remove the paint
along the sides of the real stringers just outboard
where the pan fastens. Square up the surfaces with fiberglass
Ind wood if needed. Then have either two long or 4 Shorter aluminum
right angle mounts bolted in place. These are often made from 1/2” thick alum
Then put your engine mounts through bolted to the new aluminum
Much more solid and leaves you access to the new replacement tank in the future.
Examples of these types of mounts are shown for powerboat applications at Seaboard Marine
( submarine.com )
Thanks, I think what you are describing is what was on every boat
I owned thus far; glassed timbers.
And I would Jerry rig angle iron to improve the lag screw, i think that is what you are suggesting.
The structure is not flimsy. It is 3/4" of fiberglass
. (thicker in the pan but likely cored with ply) I am very impressed with it. My guess is it was installed to let water
from the stuffing box make its way over the tank to the bilge
. But in addition it looks to be very stout and distribute the mass of the engine over far more surface area.