Step 13: Install drive motors.
Once you’ve selected the type of drive system (see later chapter) how do you secure your motor(s) to your hull. The most simple method is to buy a plastic motor mount from BDE or you can build your own with some thin walled PVC tubing that just fits over your selected motor(s)’ diameter. Then cut off a length to match the motor’s length. Then cut off about the top third of the tube and epoxy two lengths of ¼”x ¼” hardwood perpendicular to the bottom of the tube to make legs. The legs serve two purposes first the raise the motor up a little off the bottom and second provide a space to slide two zip ties under the pull the tube tightly around your motor. With the motor strapped in and the legs firmly attached, mix up another batch of epoxy and coat all sides of the legs and set into the desired location in the boat. Hook up the motors to the shaft and hold in place while you test the drive. If it runs quite and the props are turning then everything is lined up correctly and you can let the epoxy set up on the stand. Now when you need to swap out motors just cut the zip ties put in a new one and cinch it back up.