storage location for outboard

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Jimmy v, May 27, 2018.

  1. Jimmy v

    Jimmy v New Member

    3
    May 26, 2018
    San Joaquin Delta California
    1999 Sun Dancer 340DA
    7.4 Murcruiser with V drives
    I have an inflatable dingy mounted on the swim platform and keep the 8 hp outboard engine in the mid cabin. Does anyone have a unique place to store the outboard for the dingy freeing up the mid cabin?
     
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    I used to mount an outboard on the swim platform of a 300 Weekender. There was a special fitting the mounted to the platform that the motor brackets clamped onto and it worked well. Don't have a picture but I'll bet they still make brackets for this purpose that you can find online.
     
  3. mmcguire2002

    mmcguire2002 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    543
    Mar 3, 2008
    MDR, CA
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons
    That’s a lot of engine to be moving around frequently. How do you use the dinghy? I’ve tried everything from a 9.9hp, 4hp, to what a I currently have, which is a torqueedo (equivalent of 3.5hp). I use it to get to and from shore and works extremely well. Very reliable and lite weight. I break it down and it stores under he pull out bed in the back berth. I have it attached to an Achilles lite weight inflatable RIB and have used this set up for 4 years. Just a thought...
     
  4. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    141
    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    You might be able to slide the engine under a cockpit seat but weaver David’s sells an outboard motor bracket the you could put on the swim platform that is designed for a small dinghy engine
    Do not store the motor in the cabin or engine room as there is always some gas in it and it’s a fire risk
     
  5. superwa

    superwa Member

    47
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    I just keep it on the dinghy for the season.
     

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  6. Jimmy v

    Jimmy v New Member

    3
    May 26, 2018
    San Joaquin Delta California
    1999 Sun Dancer 340DA
    7.4 Murcruiser with V drives
    great advice thank you
     
  7. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We have a SeaWise http://seawisemarine.com/ system. It works well. We have a 2 stroke 5HP Merc. I leave it on the dingy. I do not have the swing attachment on the motor. It is the one that makes the motor stay horizontal. It weight is the same as the 5HP. The motor stays attached to the dingy. I saw some one with a 25HP 2 stroke Merc do the same.
     
  8. b_arrington

    b_arrington Member SILVER Sponsor

    492
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    I have one of these. It's a St. Croix motor mount. I have it on my swim platform. Works very well, removable, and lightweight.

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  9. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    I had something similar on my 300 Weekender. This is a practical solution for that sized boat. Some of the other ideas work best on bigger hulls.
     
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  10. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    I have a compartment right before I step down into the cabin that allows access to the fresh water tank. I keep a 3.5 Tohatsu in there. It weighs a whopping 28 lbs, so it's easy to move around.
     
  11. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    924
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    The only problem with this on a 340 is that there is no room left on the platform for the dinghy itself. I'm assuming the OP is keeping the dink on the platform, hence the question about where to put the motor? I could have this wrong though.

    I keep my 3.5hp motor on the floor at the helm. It slides neatly in between the captains chair and the bench. I suspect an 8hp may not fit, however.

    Short of getting a cover for your dinghy/motor and leaving it on the platform 100% of the time in the horizontal position I don't think you're going to find a super slick solution to this storage conundrum on a boat like ours. We don't have particularly large cockpits and out transom lockers won't store much more than a few swimming noodles...
     
  12. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    134
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
    I leave mine on the dinghy
     

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  13. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
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    We used a Zodiac bag boat on the 30 foot boat that we used only when cruising. For us, keeping the boat in the storage bag in the cockpit worked. On this sized boat there is not enough room on the platform to keep a rigged dingy there while running offshore. The Zodiac took about 15 minutes to inflate. Having the motor stored on the platform was a good solution because it made installation easier aside.
     

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