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Offline Southold

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Motor Mount
« on: April 07, 2015, 09:22:25 AM »
I'm having a real difficult time with the motor mount.  When I picked up the Sunday Cat, the dealer had to loosen some of the bolts so the engine could be raised and lowered.  It's still very stiff and seems to get jammed in the lower and middle positions.  I have a 6hp merc on it.  I have difficult tilting the motor when in any position.  There is very little clearance between the release handle and the motor when I tried to tilt it.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 06:45:13 AM »
Had the same problem on my 16 with the raising of the motor.. attached a length of 3/8" line, knotted at the end, on the handle for an easier grab in the tight space. Not a perfect solution but an improvement.

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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 09:27:55 AM »
on my 19 I have a issue as well, what I ended up doing was spacing the mount off the boat for starters which alleviated a issue I had, but then I also have a procedure to follow when packing it up when done sailing.

Now I shut off the engine, and with the motor still in usage position, I raise the mount to its highest (I think, or one click from highest) then tilt the engine. While tilting the engine I have to turn it one way or the other. If I dont do that the handle that is built into the engine (and is on all engines) gets into the mount and it wont tilt all the way up.

Not sure if that information helps you or not, I hope it does.

Maybe you can spray dry teflon into the joints for the other issues, I do have to periodically shoot some on mine to make it easier to raise and lower. I got mine from WalMart, automotive section by WD 40.

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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2015, 11:16:27 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll try them all out.

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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 04:04:14 PM »
+2 On lube! Had a similar problem on Cattitude. The more  you use the mount the easier it works. The slots seem to need to have the sharp edges worked off.
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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2015, 02:37:22 PM »
Now I shut off the engine, and with the motor still in usage position, I raise the mount to its highest (I think, or one click from highest) then tilt the engine. While tilting the engine I have to turn it one way or the other. If I dont do that the handle that is built into the engine (and is on all engines) gets into the mount and it wont tilt all the way up.

This is how I do it on my sunday cat also.  I always tilt so the outboard tiller handle is down.  The mount on my boat was very stiff also.  I used DuPont lubricant spray and it became easier, but it is still stiff.
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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2015, 02:49:30 PM »
"If I dont do that the handle that is built into the engine (and is on all engines) gets into the mount and it wont tilt all the way up."

Actually not all outboards...my Torqeedo does have a handle, but it is easily removable.  Instead of using the handle I'll be using the optional remote throttle.  Don't have to reach back to change speed or shift, and no handle to get in the way when you tilt the engine up.
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Re: Motor Mount
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2015, 09:12:51 PM »
I also have a CP19.  I have a Tohatsu 6hp Pro-Sail with 25" shaft.  The motor mount has three positions.  I can tilt the motor in the second position,but not quite enough for it to lock.  I also installed a Mac's Prop Saver on the foot.  What I have to do is tilt the motor in the second position of the motor mount, then raise the motor to the upper most position of the motor mount, then I have to tie a line from the Prop saver to the stern pulpit to secure the motor foot out of the water. When underway I can raise the motor up (motor in down position)with the motor mount to the highest position, but the foot of the motor is still in the water about level with the cavitation plate.  I just put the motor in neutral and sail.  I know there is some drag, but I don't think it's an issue.  I've gotten 6.8-7.2mph like this, so I'm not complaining.  I've experimented with tilting the motor up, but the foot drags with the prop saver ring and motor turned it creates a lot of drag.  I know a 20" shaft would have probably worked better, but being new to this boat, I ordered the 25" shaft for one major reason; this boat will hobby horse in heavy swells.  I don't have to worry about the motor coming out of the water.  I also think it pushes the boat more efficiently; I can motor at 6mph at about 1/8 throttle.  The 6hp Pro-Sail has a lot of thrust and works very well.
I have thought if I were to add a shim between the hull and motor mount this might help, but I'm not sure?  It would be further from the stern which might help with the tilting, but it would make it more difficult to reach the friction screw for the shaft, so I'm going to leave things alone.
I may add a turnbuckle from the motor to the boat to keep it straight when motoring; the friction screw isn't very strong.