Introduction: How to Mount an Outboard Motor to a Boat

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After creating your motor mount and fiberglass protecting it, it's time to put it together!

Step 1: Screw Mount to the Boat

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Using long screws and pre-drilled holes in the boat back attach the mount to the boat. I know I didn't fiberglass the inside of the mount yet. I will I was just eager to see it all work.

Step 2: Attach the Motor

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Mount the motor to the mount.

Step 3: Tighten Latches

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Firmly latch the motor to the mount.

Step 4: Does It Work?

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Yaaay, it all fits just right. Now it's time to take it all apart again and finish fiberglass finishing the motor mount!


Crucio (author)2015-03-16


I'd be interested in hearing how this has held up for you.

Chigwalla (author)2013-08-18

Just a thought, but if you bolt rather than clamp the motor, you can seal that box altogether by glassing on a plywood lid. As it is right now, the motor's weight is trying to lever the aft mounting plate right off the box.
I don't know if it's shown itself yet, but the motor will put some wicked twisting forces on the box whenever the thrust line isn't dead astern. A baffle or X-brace inside the box will help with that, so will making a box that's wider than it is deep.
Still, good job on building a solution rather than buying one.

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