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April 7, 2011 at 23:10 #5121

Rhapsode
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I hope this is the right place to ask this question (not sure whether it is an engine question or a deck fitting question)…

Where do other boats keep their dinghy outboards when not in use? Mine has always been on a bracket on the port side of the pushpit where it gets in the way of the mizzen sheets. The boom goes over it with room to spare but the sheets like to entangle themselves on it whenever they can!

Peter

April 9, 2011 at 00:15 #8941
Jeff
Jeff
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Hi Peter,
Sea Eagle came with a 2HP Merc, mounted on the same bracket in the same place. That’s a good spot for a small outboard, but the thing was scrap so I went & did a very silly thing. I treated myself to a new Yamaha 9.9 HP 4-stroke, & there’s just nowhere safe to store it topside. It’s WAY to heavy to go on the taff-rail & at the best part of 40Kgs it’s a brute to handle on my own. Getting it out of the bottom of the Lazarette & out to the end of the Mizzen-boom, then squarely onto the transom of the dinghy is quite difficult, & it all takes me about 20 minutes of hard labour.
I think I’m stuck with this arrangement, as there’s nowhere else to hide it without somehow hauling it into one of the cabins.
J.

April 9, 2011 at 04:03 #8951
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We have a Yamaha 8HP on the same bracket in the same place, and have the same problem as Rhapshode with the sheets getting tangled in it, and to some degree, the same problem as Jeff (it is heavy too, but not as heavy as Jeff’s because its only a 2-stroke!)

We have solar panels mounted on the pushpit both SB and Port. Then there is the spare fluke anchor, and the BBQ – the whole area is a bit crowded, and we are keen to try what others have done – extending the stainless pushpit railing all the way to the gates, instead of having lifelines from pushpit to gate.

Marilyn & Van on Rainshadow

April 9, 2011 at 11:52 #8961

Rhapsode
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These new 4 stroke engines really are brutes to handle when single-handed. Mine is a modest 4HP but still weighs in at 22Kg.

Perhaps the lazarette is the way to go when out sailing and then using the bracket for temporary stowage if we spend time at anchor.

Peter

April 10, 2011 at 10:34 #8971
Ronar M
Ronar M
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Hi All, Ronar M also had the type of outboard bracket which allowed the outboard to foul the mizzen boom. I made a new bracket which set the outboard below the boom. It has worked well. When I next go sailing I will take some photos and let you see them
Trevor

May 4, 2011 at 19:48 #9071
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And here are some photos of Trevor’s (Ronar M) motor mount:

MotorMountFrontView.jpg

MotorMountSideView.jpg

May 5, 2011 at 08:18 #9101

Rhapsode
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Many thanks Trevor and Marilyn,

That looks to be a very sensible and practical solution – I should be able to adapt the idea to fit on the side of the pushpit. The back of my pushpit is a bit cluttered with the Hydrovane, the towing generator (wonderful bit of kit)and other odds and ends.

I return to the boat (still in Brazil) in September so I will let you know how I get on.

Peter

May 5, 2011 at 10:22 #9121

Jacques Paulus
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Hi,
I do not own a Nicholson 38 but, in my collection of pictures, I remembered I saw an interesting solution to that problem. In fact, I believe it solves 3 problems: The right weight positioning, the tangling of the sheets and the exposure of the motor to external agression. I saw it on “Lady Anwyn”. The solution is to instal a motor bracket at the foot of the mizzen mast. The only pictures I have of that solution are included herebelow (they were not intended to show that solution in particular, naturally). I hope they are sufficiently self-explanatory.
My excuses for any mistake in english, I am french from mother tongue.

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May 5, 2011 at 10:24 #9131
Ronar M
Ronar M
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Hi Peter,

Glad you like the outboard bracket. You should be able to adapt the fixings for side of pushpit mounting easily enough. Would be nterested to hear how you get on with the hydrovane. I’ve always wanted one but have never got the cash together and worry about the vane being decapitated by the mizzen boom. Also how does it work to windward with the mizzen so close? Trevor

May 5, 2011 at 18:30 #9141
Van
Van
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Hi Jacques-Paulus – thanks for the photos. It’s an interesting idea. I wonder if it would get too much in the way. Deck space is precious! On the other hand, so is space on the pushpit – we have a Monitor windvane, and on the sides we have solar panels and a spare fluke anchor. Hmmmm. BTW, your English is better than a lot of the people I know here (near Seattle). 🙂
Van

May 8, 2011 at 18:21 #9181

Rhapsode
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Hi Trevor,

I thought I should start a new thread for the Hydrovane. Please let me know if you would like more info. I found mine to be very useful and, of course, it doesn’t use up any precious amps.

Peter

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