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Old 10-31-2010   #1
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nrs cataraft motor mount question

So Takeme and I are motoring down Cataract Canyon soon but her cat is a retro-frame so does not have the double crossbars in the back.

Is it feasible to jury-rig a motor mount out of a deluxe footbar and a piece of plywood?


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IMO yes
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Make a square out of doubled up 3/4 ply and use U-clamps to connect it to the rear facing foot bar. as you rotate both pieces, you'll be able to adjust the height correctly, though not conveniently.

I've got an extra spring loaded transom mount, if you can figure out how to get it from Boulder.
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an nrs seat plate with plywood attattched and flipped upright works well for the mount.
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So Takeme and I are motoring down Cataract Canyon soon but her cat is a retro-frame so does not have the double crossbars in the back.

Is it feasible to jury-rig a motor mount out of a deluxe footbar and a piece of plywood?
YOu could also use some speedrail fittings and make it for less (both cost and weight), unless you really want those clean bends. DRE has the best prices, just make sure to get the NRS sized ones, not DRE (pipe). The split rail piece is a bit heavier, but easy to add and remove. Or a combo of LoPro and speedrail, which is what I did for my footbar.

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On a recent trip my buddy jury rigged a motor mount by lashing two 2X6's between the frame of two boats positioned side by side.

Multiple boats tow better side by side anyway, and the space between the boats gave ample room for the motor.

If you left a few feet between the boats you could balance the drag of different style boats by adjusting the position of the motor left to right.
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an nrs seat plate with plywood attattched and flipped upright works well for the mount.
not a bad idea. I have one of those lying around as well - but I think the first idea will work too.
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If she has the NRS unverisal frame with drop rails you can use a spreader bar for your lower bar. The motor doesn't need attached to the lower bar as it will rest against it under power. On the top rail put a piece of angle iron(sand stake) strapped to the frame to make a 90degree angle for the motor clamp feet to securely rest against. This sounds quite ghetto (and it is) but I have motored many miles this way with no problem. The Plywood wont likely work, as most motors have about 2-2.5 inches of clearance to clamp onto the transom, and NRS pipe is almost 2 inches diameter alone. You'd want at least 3/4 inch of plywood to resist deforming and motor coming loose. At least with my motor plywood clamped to the frame was too thick. You want to have your clamps on the motor have some room even before they are tightened.

More importantly, whatever you do chain that motor to the frame so it isn't an anchor. I learned a valuable lesson about motors vibrating off, almost cost me a cat tube and a motor.

have TakeMe get a hold of me, I have all my cat frames disassembled and she can come by and grab anything needed to attach a motor. Also have my registration placards, Cat rangers are sticklers about having motor registration.

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Sweet- thanks, SN! I will call Mania to confirm and then come by if that's what he wants to do.
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