How to Mount an Outboard Motor to a Boat

Introduction: How to Mount an Outboard Motor to a Boat

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

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Step 1: Screw Mount to the Boat

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

Mount the motor to the mount.

Step 3: Tighten Latches

Firmly latch the motor to the mount.

Step 4: Does It Work?

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

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    2 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction


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


    6 years ago on Step 4

    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.