|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.