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timbaho posted 01-02-2003 04:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for timbaho   Send Email to timbaho  
I'm presently restoring a 20' Guardian (89 model). I have access to an outboard bracket assembly (has the side platforms). It will set the 225 back @ 24" from the origional transom. Can anyone advise me on what, if any, andvantages or disadvantages there would be by installing it. Thanks for any comments. Kevin
mtbadfish posted 01-02-2003 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
Try this link to Jimh's excellent article on engine brackets. You should find it answers many questions.


Barry posted 01-02-2003 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Does that bracket provide any floatation? If not I would be concerned about shifting the weight of the engine that far back. If it provides some positive floatation then I think it would be great mod. The only downside will be the need for longer cables and fuel line.
timbaho posted 01-03-2003 08:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for timbaho  Send Email to timbaho     
Thanks for the tip Badfish, just what I was searching for.Barry, the bracket does not provide any flotation and after reading Jim's article about "brackets" I've convinced myself that installing the bracket would only create another project of modifying the well area into some kind of useful space. This potential modification has grown into a bigger project than I had envisioned and just not enough real benefits. Thanks again for the input.
Bigshot posted 01-03-2003 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     

The bracket does have flotation in it. They have air which aids in bouyancy. There is no foam inside but it does supply flotation(like an aluminum boat floats). My bud dropped one on his 21 Robalo with a 225 and it has 30" setback. He left the transom open. It actually raised the boat up about an inch at rest and improved handling all around being for every 6" you go back you jack the engine up an inch so on a 30" bracket you only need a 20" shaft instead of a 25" if on the transom. A custom bracket is between $1200-3000. Make sure it is a good fit, they need to be for the correct angled transom.

Barry posted 01-03-2003 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Bigshot may be correct. Most of the platforms that I've seen have an enclosed, watertight space that traps air and provides floatation. See Armstrong's page for an example .

If that is the case with the platform you're looking at I would go for it. The benefits can be significant. That mod should provide improved performance due to less drag (so less fuel consumption and more speed), better handling, better ride, and more usable space in the boat. If you have a 25" shaft it will still work, just mount it as high as you can on the platform. I believe the longer shafts are sometimes recommended with platforms because they allow the engine to be mounted higher and therefore help keep the powerhead out of the water.

Even if you decide not to go with the platform I would recommend using a jack plate. You should be able to pick one of those up on eBay for a decent price.

You don't have to modify the old motor well immediately. You can leave that for later.

mtbadfish posted 01-05-2003 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
Here's one going up for auction. It's for a single with swim platform, ladder and hardware included. Looks like the auction starts the 11th.

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