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Motor mounts
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I installed that motor mount a year ago and am very pleased with how it turned out.  I sail on and off a mooring in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and do not need to routinely use a motor.  But we have some great places to sail to for an afternoon swim and some times the wind fades in the afternoon.  So this option completely relieves our “range anxiety.”  I mounted mine on the port side, so that I could control the throttle with my left hand and the tiller with my right.  I’m using a Torqueedo, which obviously eliminates the need to carry gas.  My first test run brought the boat up up to 4.7mph on the Torqueedo GPS, and I operated for nearly an hour and used just 20% of the battery.  That means I can power home from my most distant day’s adventure.

Advantages?  Not having to deal with hanging over the stern to operate the outboard, a big safety concern for me.  Singlehanding under power no longer a risky venture.  Quite liberating.  Also, with the engine located amidships, no hobby horsing to make the prop come out of the water.  Smooth as can be in flat water.

Disadvantages?  You can’t just tilt the engine up and start sailing; it needs to come off and get stowed below.  So if you are motoring in and out of a slip and then going for a sail, it does make things more complicated.  But the engine comes apart right on the mounting bracket, and none of the parts are very heavy.  After one season with an electric, I would never own a gas outboard again (and I’ve had quite few).  I have a separate carrying bag for the battery, which comes home for an overnight charge if we’ve used it.

Bottom line, it’s the nicest improvement I’ve made for the boat and made it even easier to use.

Dennis Nixon
Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881




Thanks - looks like an interesting alternative.



Hi !  ... You might want to look at this side mount from Edison. It solves a lot of problems we have with our stern mounted motor.
 
 

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Posted by: Marvin Cook on 10/16/2021 at 10:15 AM
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We have an original motor mount that we want to replace when we have our hull painted. Does anyone have a recommendation on a lifting mount that works with a Torqeedo 1103 long shaft? Anybody use the Garhauer?

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

 

Marvin and Lee Cook

Calypso

Ensign 627

shoalsailer32.blogspot.com

We have an original motor mount that we want to replace when we have our hull painted. Does anyone have a recommendation on a lifting mount that works with a Torqeedo 1103 long shaft? Anybody use the Garhauer?


Thanks for any advice.



Marvin and Lee Cook

Calypso

Ensign 627

shoalsailer32.blogspot.com

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