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HarryWhite posted 06-02-2003 01:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for HarryWhite   Send Email to HarryWhite  
Thanks for reading. I have a 2001 Sport 130 with the 40 Merc and I'm looking for a motor support bracket to use when trailering the boat. Can't leave the motor down when trailering.. it seems way too low for my nerves. Thanks!
skred posted 06-03-2003 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I don't know about the Merc, but my Yamaha had 2 swing down tabs just under the motor-head that allowed you to lower the engine from full-up to about 95% up and the tabs (brackets?) took the weight of the motor and it was essentially locked "up", or prevented from coming down. In order to lower it, you had to raise the motor till the tabs were free, rotate them out of the way, and lower the motor.
I raise my 2001 Merc 50 up high enough to get an oak block between the motor and its mounting bracket, then lower the motor till the block takes all the weight. This leaves the motor about 30% above the down position, and allows plenty of clearance for trailering.
Jarhead posted 06-03-2003 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
As skred suggested a 12" piece of presure treated 2 by 6 or 2 by 8 will do the job nicely.
Duckin Whalers posted 06-03-2003 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duckin Whalers  Send Email to Duckin Whalers     
I use the same, I piece of 2x4 under the mount bracket on my Merc 50. It has worked for over 20 years....
Samars posted 06-03-2003 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

Seems odd with all the products on the market...that we use the simplest. I too use a 30 year old 2 inch by 2 inch by a foot long to hold up the Evinrude while traveling.
I simply have the piece of wood tied to a rope and the other end is tied to the Norman Pin. Engine sits high enough to make me feel comfortable.
Jarhead posted 06-03-2003 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Samars.

Your comment reminds me of the old saying KISS.. Keep It Simple Stupid :)

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