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Old 09-11-2010   #11
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I once rigged one out of a few pieces of scrap 2x6 and rigged it to run off the side of the boat. A creative individual should be able to make one out of a board rigged between the stern of 2 boats. this has the advantage of allowing a shortshaft motor to work on the lower tube height just before the boat rockers up at the stern.

In a pinch we once did this off an oar, between 2 boats, because the ranger made us leave the metal transom at the put in, since we didn't have the boat registered to run a motor. (the motor was well enough stashed that it never came up).

DRE makes motor mounts like the one pictured above, with a few more bends, so the tubing follows the top of the curved stern tubes, allowing better access to the cargo bay.

A chunk of frame tube or a broken oar work well s a tiller extension.

The motor can be raised or lowered by changing the air pressure of the raft tube, if you don't have one of those spring loaded height adjuster thingies.


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Old 09-12-2010   #12
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Motors suck. They're heavy, loud, and bad for the earth. Get some gloves and take an extra day to row out. You'll be fine.

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Old 09-12-2010   #13
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buckcoff--nice rig, that looks like a solid, simple setup. Thanks for the inspiration. I've been brainstorming on the best way to rig this with what we have on hand here. Our plan at this point is to transfer the seat frame from a fishing frame and incorporate that into a solid motor mount with some marine plywood attached to the seat mount. If all goes as we're envisioning it, it should be a pretty slick contraption. I'll post some pictures when we get it rigged up.

calendar16--sportsrent seems to have quoted us an "offseason" rate--we're looking at a total around $135 for 8 days.

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