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    I have studied all of the advice regarding outboard mounting brackets and I accept that the detachable shoe type is the preferred option – does anyone have any experience positive or negative of using a fixed – spring loaded type bracket which I have acquired cheaply and am thinking of using on my mark II fibreglass boat – the alternative may be to sell this one a purchase a detachable one.


    No replies? advice please/


    No experience of the type you have mentioned but due to the lack of response I will share some thoughts.
    In my opinion, the majority prefer the shoe type as it gives a very neat finish when the outboard is not in use.

    The spring loaded type will do the job. However, the draw back as I see it, will be when the bracket is not in use.
    As it is not designed to be removable, then when not in use, it will be set in the retracted position.
    Depending on the design, this retracted position may sit somewhat high and interfere with mainsheet/transom track traveller.
    Of course, you can overcome this by using a strop instead of the traveller and/or a centreboard swivel mainsheet block.

    Alternatively, leave the bracket in the extended position when sailing. It will look a bit untidy but this is not a beauty contest.
    It may still interfere with the mainsheet.

    Dave Bevan

    The biggest advantage of the type you have is you’re not likely to leave it at home when you setoff for a few days’ cruising! We have the removeable shoe type on our MKIV, and it spends most of it’s time tucked away in the loft; if you’re any doing any sort of racing you won’t want it on there if you’re not using the outboard! We’ve had no real issues with sheets fouling the outboard or the bracket. Both types mean there’s a significant weight further aft affecting trim, and the extra leverage means your fixings need to be more robust. I don’t think you get any real advantage from the spring-loaded mechanism, because most (all?) outboards can be swung up out of the water anyway, and arguably, it’ll actually put it more “in the way”.

    Our old MKII already had an outboard pad fixed directly onto the transom. A little more care was needed to ensure the bridle/mainsheet didn’t foul the outboard tiller in the raised position, but more importantly, that the rudder was kept well clear of the prop. However, this is the simplest solution, and on any pre-world marque with an aft tank/lazarette, means the outboard will still be within easy reach of the helm 😉


    Thanks for opening the batting – I have already re rigged for a centre main so there wont be a problem with the main – I race a Dart 18 – so only have the Wayfarer for some cruising – I appreciate your responses.

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