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Motor storage in cabin
Does anyone have any idea on a good place to store the motor while sailing? Is there something that one can build so you have a place for the motor in the cabin? I would like to see what the RL24 can do without having to drag that motor through the water. That must cost you 15%PLUS on speed. I have a 5 HP long shaft and would love to put it below and close the motor well. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Has anyone glassed over the motor well and hung the motor off the transom?

Hal Murray18-Jun-2002    Edit    Delete 
The outboard on the transom is the way to go.. You end up with all the added storage in the well (for wet gear) and you get the motor out of the way.

There have been many different systems for closing the well. I have a fold down flap that helps reduce drag. Others have added bouyancy tanks and venturies. Some boats just leave it as it is. But Since I put the outboard bracket on the transom, I would have used the well once or twice (for the outboard ) in three years.


dave parker18-Jun-2002    Edit    Delete 
Motor on Transom
RL24 Seabird came with a transom mounted bracket & allows you to swing a 5hp mariner long shaft out clear of the water,to add speed by reducing drag.Unfortunately being offset because of the rudder,it can tend to come out of the water when heeled over motoring in the sea.(careful not to reverse the motor into anything,i snapped a cast bracket on the motor which cost several hundred dollars and a long wait.) My RL 28 "Sealeggs" came with an inboard diesel which failed and consequently replaced with a ShortShaft 15 hp Mercury well mounted outboard.It was quite a tricky job to cut the hull out to suit but i did have "Leggend" to copy. A special s/s mounting bracket had to be manufactured to allow the motor to tilt forward,to allow the hinged trapdoor to close behind it ;It{the motor} is intrusive into the cockpit but certainly worth it for the quiet & drag reduction:And it never comes out of the ocean in the roughest of seas.I did not find the venturi removed any water at all.N.B.New personel mobile number as of 19/06/02 0438 543 691
Neil Ensor19-Jun-2002    Edit    Delete 
Hinge Plate
I had a hinge plate that the outboard is on. If I need to bring the outboard out of the water to reduce drag, I pull out a small pin that holds the hinge in place (so it doesnt lift when reversing) and the outboard comes out of the well and the motor lies flat in the back part of the cock pit. I close the well door and the shaft of the outboard rests on the closed door.

The hinge system means I dont need to unscrew the outboard when I want that little extra speed.

While it is for an RL28, I recently passed on my older (rusty) steel hinge plate to an owner so he can fabricate for his RL24.

I will ask him if he can get the dimensions drawn up for the hinge plate.

Brendan B19-Jun-2002    Edit    Delete 
hinge plate
Brendon, I'm also interested in the hinge plate. Were you able to get drawings?
Warwick Hall24-Jul-2002    Edit    Delete 
outboard motor
Yes I have relocated my outboard over the rear of the transom and fibreglassed over the engine hole.

I purchased a spring assisted double hinged bracket which allows the motor height to be adjusted to suit the sea (deeper when in rolling sea or when you move your crew weight forward) or water depth (shallow draft when approaching a beach). The bracket cost about $200.00 and is easily purchased from BIAS Marine in Sydney. There is cheaper ones but they are not spring assisted and are not made of stainless steel but I think the dearer one is a good investment. There is nothing worse than struggling with something that makes life difficult. The outboard clears the water when fully up on the bracket for racing irrespective of the heel angle of the boat but you have to think about how high you maount the bracket.

The hole in the hull was simply glassed over but I need to sponge out any water that gets into this area of the boat. Haven't worked out a solution to this yet. The drain at the back of the cock pit has been piped out to the transom with tennis balls at the rear to stop the water from rushing into the cockpit when launching the boat. The balls are released via a string up the inside of the pipes to release them when you want to drain out the water in the cockpit.

The transom of the boat was fitted with some timber battens on the inside where the outboard bracket bolts on as the boat transom was not strong enough in my oppinion to carrier the weight without fear of cracking the glass. These battens were glued to the fibreglass transom to ensure maximum rigidity was achieved. So far there has been no sign of cracking.

I remove the motor from the bracket and store it on a special bracket fitted to the winch post of the trailer when I am towing the boat on the road as I think it would bounce around and cause unneccessary stress on the trnansom of the boat.

Hope this all helps.


Steven Lymbery

Steven Lymbery25-Jun-2002    Edit    Delete 
Tennis Balls?
"Seabird" has 2 horizontal pipes to self drain the cockpit.On the transom are 2 "scuppers",they are special circular pieces of rubber(about 50mm Dia. the thickness of a truck innertube) self hinged at the top ,to allow them to flap outwards when water is escapeing from the cockpit,but outside water pressure pushes them closed under normal use,especially when launching.These are retained by circular plastic rings and 4 screws into the transom.She also had one central pipe exiting down at an angle through the bottom of the hull;unfortunately i found with 4 people in the cockpit water would come in and so i diverted this one horizontaly into one of the others.I also block them with a rubber bung inside the cockpit,for extra security;walking stick tips from Clarke Rubber are handy for this . Tennis balls on bits of string sound a bit dodgey to me
Neil Ensor26-Jun-2002    Edit    Delete 

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