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Just lifted boat off port side tabs a few inches..worked
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well done Bruce/Roby.
One of the advantages of a nice bendy boat.
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Thanks to an idea from Roby, I put my shoulder under the port aka & stood up, thus rotating the boat enough to swing the mount free. My hands were free so I got it clear.

Yee-hah!

Next, will be careful about bolting to the hull.

And then I'll figure out the haka thing.
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Thanks; that is approximately how I did it, although I just pulled the ama out and was able to get the mount on at that angle.

This video appears to have the boat in some sort of non-trailer situation. I guess if I had a team of people around, I could lift the boat around the obstacle.

My mental block is in what is going to happen if I back the boat on the trailer past that angle in the rail.

Anyway, thanks!
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Have you seen this Bruce, this is with the ama off ..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V1Z0lhB36M
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Boat ramp to swimming pool would be great!

I will have to consider whether to attempt to let the boat come further back on the trailer, such that the built-in bracket slides down the slanted piece a bit. Since when in the water, the boat just floats back, I haven't seen, nor can I visualize, what happens if it does go back a bit.

Seems like it might work, but although I am only 65, I have messed up a few things in my short time on the earth, and I think prevention is better than cure in a lot of those cases.

Now if I do take the boat to a ramp, how much am I willing to leave undone for the trip out and back. Aye, there's the rub.

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just looked at mine, Bruce.
There's enough of a cut out for the motor mount to go on underneath, to get it past the jib sheet cleat, however, yes when you rotate it, you'd hit the trailer rails etc. Thought it might be possible to pull the boat to the side a bit, on the trailer, but it doesn't look too likely.
So agree with you, might be easiest to just launch it, just get the mount initially on and rotated, then drag it back home to finish the install.
Next place I'm getting will have a boat ramp to the swimming pool ... 
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Well, I decided to just grip it and pull up fast; that worked.

Now, dang if I could figure out how to fit the motor mount over the aka at first. There is a jib cleat apparatus welded to the aka, so I can't just slide it over the end of the tube like I had thought. Then, I saw I could extend the amas, and rotated the mount to slide it over.

Yeah, now I get that other thread where the boat should be off the trailer, because the upright is in the way of rotating the mount back.


Glad I didn't try the following:

I hesitate to force it; wonder if I just grind some more off the mount. Seems odd unless it was designed for something different than to work with 2004 aka. I hate to try to do this when it's impossible. That takes too long, haha.

So, now I need to cogitate on how to move the boat back about 6 inches on the trailer so I can do this and rotate the mount. Getting there, maybe?

Another update: I did move the boat back, but then the little dowhatchit that rests on the trailer was reaching the slanted part of the rail, and I was hesitant to go further back, and it wasn't enough.  I suppose I will put everything back and just drive to a place, launch the boat, put the mount on, and retrieve it. That means I will have to take the tools to hook up the aft part of the mount to the hull, and I was hoping for a solution where I could do this at home.

As Artful Dodger said, "I'm rethinking my situation. I think I better think it out again."

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Anyone have a picture of how they store the battery on a WR 17? I am hoping to put one aft of the rear seat.

When I'm not using my Suzuki outboard, I use a 30lbs thrust trolling motor that I power with a 26ah battery. I keep the battery inside a heavy duty Hobie dry bag and shove it behind the aft seat. I've been using that battery since 2011 and I've never run out of power. It weighs 17lbs.




Well, that's awesome, Ricky. I think that would work great for me also. 
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Anyone have a picture of how they store the battery on a WR 17? I am hoping to put one aft of the rear seat.

When I'm not using my Suzuki outboard, I use a 30lbs thrust trolling motor that I power with a 26ah battery. I keep the battery inside a heavy duty Hobie dry bag and shove it behind the aft seat. I've been using that battery since 2011 and I've never run out of power. It weighs 17lbs.



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