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thoughts on driving with 66 lb outboard motor connected to a 15 ft raft mounted on a trailer...

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I was just wondering on anyone's thoughts out there if they have ever or what they think about leaving an outboard motor connected to their raft in transportation/driving mode. The outboard motor would still be mounted to the NRS u-shaped motor mount and tilted up (so bumps wouldn't knock a propeller off). A few additional details about our set up- the raft is up on the trailer and does slightly exceed the trailer's length by about 3 ft- already a bit of pressure on the lower portion of the tubes. So the motor would than add an additional 1 ft of "overhang". (I'm not worried about police pulling me over for exceeding the trailer length.) I'm worried about having too much weight on the back of the raft while in transport (bouncing around with potholes, corrugated roads) and potentially damaging the tubes.

We have a van full of humans and dogs, so our outboard motor is typically propped up on an angle inside our 15 ft raft towards the front of the trailer fully supported, which also balances out the trailer from sway. Crawling in and out of the raft while the raft is still mounted on the trailer (using a small ladder) and lifting 66 lbs over the side tube (about a 4-5 ft drop) is getting a little tiresome on the back. Even with the use of a ladder and two people helping, it still is a little hazardous and killjoy at times. (Side note- We've put the motor propped up in the van before, but the smell of gas is nauseating, and it hogs up a considerable amount of room.) We go out on a lakes a lot and need the motor. So leaving it at home isn't an option.

So my question- do you think I would damage my raft's tubes by leaving the 66 lb outboard motor attached while driving to our destinations? These destinations range from 1 hr to 8 hrs- mostly standard highways and the usual crappy, bumpy put in roads.

At one time, I was looking at buying a ladder to attach to the van's back doors and then attempting to suspend it from that, but I couldn't sell myself on that idea.

or.... does anyone else have any ideas?


Thank you for your thoughts and ideas!
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Sell the trailer and buy the right one for the setup, my two cents.
I would buy Randaddy’s trailer it wouldn’t solve your problem but it’s a really nice looking trailer.
I can do it because I have a big truck so I can just put it in the truck for long trips or rough roads but every other poster is saving you from the on the transom disaster.
 

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I’ve used transom savers on my small fishing boat but a rubber raft is a different animal. There is just so much more movement and bounce even blown up rock hard.
I also think the vibration of a trailer is so much more extreme than a vehicle that your going to run into problems if you try to mount your motor on it like Amoon was suggesting.
 

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Once you get the transom board where you need it I’d cut off the excess U bolt past the nuts. I gouged my arm on the little bastards putting the motor on while it was on the trailer.
IMHO...the whole damn thing is pretty burly. I looked at the mount the last time I was in the NRS store in Moscow and it was just laying there. When mine arrived yesterday I was pleasantly surprised. I usually put a piece of 0.100 6061 alum on both sides of the mounting location for the motor on the transom on my boats and will probably do the same on this mount BUT it's probably not necessary with little motors.

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