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Offline DanM

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Towing Question
« on: April 23, 2017, 09:52:32 PM »
I'm curious hear what SunCat owners do with their motor when towing (I have a 5 hp Honda). Is it considered OK to tow the boat with the motor mounted on the bracket? The previous owner did that, (with a ratchet strap from the stern cleats, or maybe the lowest point of the two gallows supports,  to take some off the weight and road shock.) Does Hutchins have a position or recommendation on this?

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Re: Towing Question
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 09:01:53 AM »
I always tow my motor on its bracket.  In fact, it is locked to the bracket so it never comes off.

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Offline Tom L.

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Re: Towing Question
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 09:20:22 AM »
I towed my S.C. with a 5hp Nissan always on the bracket. I did use a piece of line around the lower part of the gallows using a truckers hitch to snub it up tight an eliminate the bouncing around and subsequent shock.  I also added large backing plates to the motor mount inside the transom. The plates aren't really necessary but I had the horn off to repair the rudder mount so adding back up plates to the motor mount was easy.

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Re: Towing Question
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 12:40:16 PM »
I have the 4hp 4 cycle Yamaha. I leave the outboard on the bracket, raise the bracket to its highest position, and then run a dock line from one stern docking cleat, around the motor, to the other stern cleat, with as much tension as I can give it to reduce bounce. So far, so good. Fingers crossed for the future. I've only taken her on the road like this four times, about a hundred miles each time. She normally rests on her trailer at our sail club just a few hundred yards from the launch ramp. I don't tie the outboard up when launching at the club.
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