A boat outboard bracket improves the line of thrust, the center of effort, and also floatation. Get a few friends to assist you mount an outboard bracket. If you do not have experience or enough knowledge about Fiberglas, it is best to contact a skilled repairman to make sure that no damage is brought to your bracket or your boat.
Step 1 – Prepare your Outboard Bracket
Before attempting to install your boat outdoor bracket, ensure that you have already sanded it. Prime it and put paint in your desired color. Use a rag to wipe away dust from sanding before beginning to prime your bracket. Put the bracket on top of layered old newspapers to be sure that paint won’t drip in the working area.
It is equally best to work indoors to be sure that your engine won’t get wet from any unexpected rain.
Step 2 – Inspect the Transom
The transom must have good enough strength. To inspect this, you might have to get a fiberglass expert. Put plywood to the insides of the transom if required.
Step 3 – Mark the Centerline
Now measure the keel centerline using a framing square. Mark the transom according to the size of your motor. If you are using a 20-inch motor, the mark should be 19 inches. Remember that the marks on the boat’s transom must rhyme with that of the bracket.
Drill holes for your stainless steel boats. Remember that the bolts of your bracket has to be at least 10 inches apart to offer strength. Tape the areas where the outboard bracket will be sealed (including the nut areas) to make sure that the sealant won’t take the paint off your boat.
Step 4 – Apply a Sealant
Using a reliable marine sealant, fill up holes that are too loose for your bolts. Additionally, apply a generous quantity of marine sealant around the nuts to make sure that no water can go through it. Equally apply the sealant to the seam of the bracket to the transom.
Step 6 – Purchase a Backing Plate
Mount the aluminum backing plate the moment you have double-inspected the sturdiness of the outboard and the placement of the motor.
Step 7 – Check for Openings
Allow the sealant dry entirely as instructed by its manufacturer. Take away the masking tape that you have previously used. Use a flashlight to check on any possible openings that you may have missed. If you observe one or two, tape on masking tape around the area and reapply the sealant. It might also be important to double-check on the areas where you have previously applied marine sealant.