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Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
My RL24 is not easy to manoevre in tight spots because the outboard cannot be swivelled much to do a sharp turn as in a narrow creek or near a boat ramp with limited room. The outboard is a Yamaha 8HP 2 stroke.
Has anyone got an answer for this one?
Peter Brigg14-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
Leave about 600mm of rudder in the water and use the thrust from the outboard to turn the yacht.

The technique is to move in reverse with the rudder steering, then put the outboard in forward with a burst of throttle with the rudder in the direction you want to turn then select reverse and stop the hull or move back (steering with the rudder in reverse (the oposite direction of rudder when you are moving back)) then go forwards again with a burst of power and the rudder turned.

Keep doing it and you will get better at it and turn on the spot.
Greg14-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
Yep Agree with Greg, we never turn our motor off straight ahead, always use the rudder to steer.
Darryn16-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
Hi Peter, I have the same motor as you and have to use the rudder to turn. I'm interested in how you have arrange the tilting system, because my current motor is bigger than the original suzuki, and I need to come up with something different.I would be interested to see a pic of your motor mount if you have one. Thanks in advance
Peter Bourke23-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
The hinge that the motor mounts on is "double hinged" it can lift then rotate-I am just back from a trip and will be taking the motor off and get some photos of how it is set up. That particular motor is pretty weak in reverse-wouldn't pull the skin off a custard as they say. I think if the prop was a high thrust variety it would be better all round.
Will post the hinge photos soon.
Peter Brigg24-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
The engine mount on later RL24s is forward about 50mm compared with earlier models.

Even with the forward mount I could only find the 5hp Mariner and 5hp Honda that fitted under the tiller and tilted inside the stern.

On an earlier model RL24, the mount probably needs to be cut out, moved forward and hinged like mounts used on Nolex 25s.

The larger outboards like the yamaha were never considered by me due to the difficulties mounting them and no need for more than 5hp on the RL24.
Greg24-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
More Motor Bracket ideas, this is on my MKII RL24 and I find it works well. Motor tilted.
Darryn29-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
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Motor down for use.
Darryn29-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
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Close up of motor tilted, showing plug in place.
Darryn29-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
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Bracket with motor removed. Bracket in motor down position.
Darryn29-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
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Bracket with motor removed, tilted position.
Darryn29-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
I finally got those pictures taken of the hinge system. Mine is not nearly as good as the previous post-not so much forward movement as the hinge is much smaller-but here are the photos anyway
Peter Brigg31-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Limited tuning of outboard motor in outbord well
Thanks for the pictures everybody. they are very informative and will be a big help in my quest.
Peter Bourke10-Sep-2014    Edit    Delete 

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