I installed it yesterday. It isn't completely dry but real thick and tacky. After glassing in about 3 inches of plywood it was hard to drill perfectly straight holes. I have 18 total. There isn't much play in the bolt holes after applying resin in the holes to dry. And since they are all just a bit off it tightens in that spot. Unfortunately my buddy that helped me wasn't able to make it today. Its not the quick dry but im afraid its setting and id screw it up a lil more. I sure hope its not that big of an issue. I dont have the help rt now to do it and will probably be set before I can get it.If you just installed this and the 5200 isn't set, I'd loosen the bolts and tie a rachet strap around the bracket and try to winch it over and retighten the bolts. 5200, unless it is quick dry, takes a while to set up. I'd be afraid of tracking issues with the outboard not centered. Just my two cents.
Its level evenly across the swim step with the boat. Its actually just under a 1/2 in to the left. The drain plug isn't even. I lined it up with the v of the hull and center. Unfortunately drilling through 3in thick some holes went one way just a hair and some the other. But the angles were fine. It just sits a bit to the left. Of the bottom v. Im afraid if I try and loosen them I may not get that gd seal. I used all my 5200 and used construction saw horses to get close as possible and let the bolts suck it in evenly. If its not gonna matter being that close I'd rather not mess with it.Is it level at the swim step?
Will the motor set in the middle properly?
The motor will be in middle of bracket. But maybe just hair to left. I have a kicker on right and ill have new trim tabs. My first time ever doing any of this and want it best I can. Im just wondering if its going to be that huge of a difference?Is it level at the swim step?
Will the motor set in the middle properly?
Yeah, I emailed A&J marine. Waiting for response. I'm sure there's many on here that could also answer. The more answers I get by those who do this the better ill feel. I dont thinkbits going to be that much of a difference since from. What I've seen in videos is the brackets mostly out of water when running at speeds.iys about 3 inches above the hull so the water coming off the hull shouldn't be hitting much of it. I had a boat with bracket once. Single pod but it was flat. Didn't have the v in the bottom like this.take pics and call the bracket maker. I would leave it as is unless there's an easy fix. Nice looking bracket.
I had mentioned after many dry fits it alined up right. But since it needed to suck up tight evening out the transom with bracket and the extra torque it came out just off a bit. I actually dry fitted about 3 times. Im just asking if this will be a major effect on it or will it be ok? I'm not worried about the caulking mess. I was in bad motorcycle accident and my hands aren't 100%. Drilling perfectly straight wasn't as easy as thought. I have an aluminum backing plate matched to the inside with same patter as bracket. It aligned. Not sure why when it was torqued it move a hair. Its not really noticeable unless you crawl under and get real close. Its not crooked. Level and straight. Just sits above 1/4 in to left. If it's not going to be a huge issue I'd rather leave it alone. I've taken all the advice and videos seriously best I can. Never even working on a boat or fiberglass is why I was asking help. When I dry fitted I only tightened the end bolts and made sure the rest went through. They did. So after my backing plate was done and I dry fitted it again. Botls went though. I dont have much help or access to forklifts ect. Use a sawhorse and got it aligned within an inch of transom. Pushed bolts through and sucked it up slowly. Being my first time doing this I was sure it was gd. But after fully torque on all the bolts it was level. Even. Lined up ,except the bottom. It is what it is for now. I'd just like a answer as to how much its going to effect it. Thanks for the reply, advice and lecture lol. As far as the caulking mess. I took a razor and scraped it. Acetone cleaned it up nice. Im planning on re painting or gelcoat this summer as thats more my profession. Im far from a perfectionist. But I dont mind learning and trying. Thanks again.well I guess you should have dry fitted it first before making it permanent ...
Thanks thats the replies I was hoping to hear.Man, it's fine. I've seen boats from the factory that are worse. Don't sweat it. Just make sure you set the motor correct.
Some keyboard warriors are a little intense!
Thanks. Sounds reasonable.I agree if it was all painted the same color nobody would have ever known. Center the motor on your boat IMO not the bracket and you will be fine, (oh and paint it all the same color and stop looking at it) The length of the centerline of the boat is carrying 90 percent of the tracking and the bracket isn't doing a ton at high speeds (where it would be affected). The bracket is digging in and controlling the tracking when your starting out of the hole at low speeds where tracking wont really matter.