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Old 11-10-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default Dinghy motor mount location????

I have a 2001 2500SCR. I am looking for suggestions as to where I can mount a small dinghy motor. For the past few seasons, I have been storing it on its side in the engine bay. I would like to get it out of there and mount it on the transom, or swim step, or someplace out of the way and out of the bilge.

The motor I have is a 30 pound Suzuki 2.5 HP. I would love to buy one of those swivel mounts for the dinghy, but they cost about as much as I paid for my motor.

Suggestions? Pictures would be great if you have them.

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Old 11-11-2010, 02:52 AM   #2
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they do make one that is basic and an "L" shaped aluminum bracket...I'd look at that or do you have a friend that has aluminum pieces and a tig welder??


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I've considered building one of these, but would likely mount mine to the lower grab bar too.

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Thanks!
Jim, you have me thinking now! With that pic, and plenty of wood in the shop leftover from several furniture pieces I have built, I am sure I could build that. Do you kow this person? I would love to see pics of the other side of that, and know what the 6 screws are for. It appears as though the lower set hold an additional piece of wood, that I would assume is for additinal support to mount to the grab rail. Hmmmm, what is the mounting mechnism?

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In the pic, the person used milled lumber. It looks like 1x6 or 1x8 hardwood. (Cedar would be nice, I'm not sure what this guy used). 1 x n is too narrow for a motor mount so he doubled up two pieces and bolted them together with some stainliess steel bolts. He also bolted an additional piece (making 3 layers) to mount the lower board and mounting hardware. IT's a nice design. Certainly nicer than the 2 x 8 Pressure treated board I made. To mount you can use some of these:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=10168

I used the white rail mount versions.
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Thanks Shrew!
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Sorry Rich - I should have mentioned the source of that pic - I'm planning on installing a larger swimstep this winter and it's from the swimplatforms.com website. A couple of their customer pics had this mount in them as a bonus.

http://swimplatforms.contentpros.net...3/Default.aspx

I'm with Shrew on it being 1x material, and I was thinking of either using teak S4S or some leftover ipe (aka ironwood) from our deck project a decade back. The one in the pic appears to be red oak or maybe beech, but I'm not sure how either of those would hold up around salt water and sun exposure with the end grain exposed. I hadn't yet sourced the stainless rail mounts, but those in the link above are perfect. Thanks Shrew!
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:56 PM   #8
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hay guys.

if you'r intending to take a swimplatform from swimplatforms.com, maybe it's an idea to ask them if the can built in / on or integrated something on the platform where you can hang your dinghy motor on, and can use it also directly when your having troubles with the big motor.

it's just an idea.......

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Thanks Ed and Jim.

Jim: How expensive are these platforms?
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That's a good idea, Ed. Glad to see you back online by the way.

Not the cheapest things in boatland, but I'm growing steadily more tired of Angie possibly slipping off during docking. That would be Bad. Some extra room for a strapped cooler and a dinghy motor with space to spare is also attractive.

From the quote I received a while back -
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Our 2400 Platform measures 36" deep at the center, going aft and is 92" wide.
Your existing platform is 14" deep.

The Platform has the Maxum factory non-skid pattern in the top gel coat surface, complimenting the other walk ways.
The underside of the platform has an easy to keep clean, gel coated surface.
The sides of the platform angle inward at the aft end, making maneuvering around the docks easier.

A heavy rubber molding, trims the bottom edge, for a nice look.
This helps to ease those boating 'bumps' too.

This platform comes with a under mount, telescoping triple step stainless steel ladder, mounted to the port aft corner.
The simple one handed operation, makes the ladder a breeze to use and stow, leaving the top surface clear and clean.
The steps are extra wide, measuring 2 ", and the bottom step is 39" from the top of the platform!
You'll be spoiled by this "two tube" wide 3 step design (see attached pictures).
Your old ladder is removed.

Our Maxum 2400 Swim Platform package is $ 1545.
The Swim Platform package includes all stainless steel mounting hardware,
ladder, oval port, rubber molding and installation guidelines.

Shipping Quote:
Wood shipping crate and packing material is $ 92.
Current freight (fob Phoenix, AZ) to a business at your zip code is $ 156. (OD)
A delivery charge to a residential address is an additional $ 63.
We do not charge sale tax for out of state delivery.

The platform weighs approximately 110 pounds.
Shipping weight is about 350 pounds, due to the crate and packing materials.
You will need to be able to off load it from truck.


Our current lead time is about 2 to 3 weeks.
I've heard from a couple locals that there's a fiberglass fabricator up in LaConner that does reasonable seamless work too, I just haven't yet tracked them down for a quote. Supposedly a more factory looking job.

I hope that money tree of yours is growing faster than mine seems to be!
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Well, my money tree sucks! No fruit! The next big purchase I am going to make will be a windless. Unless of course, something breaks. When you get around to finding the local fabricator let me know what he says.
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Will do on the fabricator. I have a funny feeling it won't be less than the swim platform folks, but in this economy who knows.

Funny - I was just visiting the boat today and looking at the stock bow wiring harness and thinking about a windlass. That would sure make things easier. Which one are you looking at? Hand held remote? Foot switches? Would it handle chain and rope rode?
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this is what i found in the netherlands.....

you have to make it fit yourself

http://watersport.marktplaats.nl/acc...&thumb_click=1


see if you can translate the text

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Nimh, can only speak from my own preference, but helm switch for a windlass is crucial. Also self launching anchor roller. That way no one has to head to the bow to operate. We've had no problems whatsoever with Horizon vertical windlasses, although I think they were bought by Lewmar. Also regarding the dingy motor mount, my guess is the lower 4 bolts in the above picture are from 2 U bolts on the other side holding to the grab rail.
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I've seen a lot of thread hijacks, but never someone hijacking their own dinghy motormoutn thread to strike up a windlass discussion. Too funny.
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