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Conveniently lifting outboards on and off a dingy


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What is the issue?
Lifting an outboard on and off a floating dinghy from a yacht or pontoon is never an easy task. The outboard’s most convenient grip is at dinghy level but you cannot lift it from there as it is an entirely unstable standpoint and the dingy is moving about. Hence you must reach down from the pontoon or yacht where the outboard rarely offers a grip or handle.

Why address this?
Lifting the outboard off and on the dinghy affords the perfect opportunity to drop it in the ‘drink’.

How to address this?
Place a convenient handle on top of the outboard.

This may be accomplished by making or buying a strap to attach an engine top lifting handle. Or place a handle – such as a salvaged car handle as shown in figure 1 – on the top of the engine cover. However in the latter case I would recommend there was a safety strap attached around the engine should the cover come off and drop the base into the sea.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.



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