Garelick Eez-In outboard motor auxiliary bracket mount, $5.

A small outboard motor mounted to the back of a large boat can come in quite handy. If you start looking at the larger boats, you'll notice that this type of setup isvery common. Many companies have been made auxiliary outboard motor brackets over the years. But Garelick, well known for boat ladders, boat seats and swim platforms, appears to be one of the most recognized and respected. Now... what is this thing used for?

If I have a small boat of, say, 12 or 14 feet in length, I may mount an outboard motor on it ranging anywhere from 10 to 25 horsepower in size. The motor is simply clamped onto the boat's transom, just as with any other boat. But there are instances where one of these smaller outboard motors would also come in handy on much larger boats. When used in such an auxiliary capacity, the motor spends most of its life out of the water, secured to the back of the boat, and is lowered into the water only when needed.

Sailboats, for example, may cruise along just fine when they're out in the open water with the wind blowing and the sails trimmed just right. But when the wind dies down, there's nothing like an outboard motor to help you get where you need to be. And wind or no wind, good luck trying to maneuver your sailboat back and forth through a crowded harbor with wind power! A little outboard motor is just the ticket for sliding to and from your slip.

Larger motorboats can also make use of a smaller outboard motor for the same reason as sailboats. But in case you're out on the water and your engine breaks down, a little outboard is a nice insurance policy to ensure that you can at least get back home. And when it comes to slow trolling, a little outboard motor can be much more manageable, not to mention economical, than idling the main engine for long periods of time.

As far as bracket material goes, you're going to find examples of these brackets made from stainless steel, painted steel and anodized aluminum. Remember that although the painted steel varieties may be fine in freshwater lakes and rivers, they won't fare nearly as well in salt water as will sainless of aluminum.

The most popular materials you're going to encounter for the mounting pad itself are laminated wood and hard rubber. Take your pick. The guy whose boat sports a lot of natural wood may prefer the plywood pad, whereas others may prefer the rubber. Something to keep in mind is that the condition of the plywood, on models so equipped, will also have a bearing on how much it will sell for on eBay. A gnarly, rotted old mounting pad will naturally not be as desirable as the nice one see on our Garelick in this Entry. 

As for capacities, keep in mind that these mounts have the ability to not only harness the thrust of the motor as it pushes on the boat, but to also counteract the motor's weight as it is lifted out of the water. These mounts range in capacity from small 5 to 10 horsepower outboards, all the way up to heavy 4-stroke motors of 30 horsepower and weighing over 175 pounds. All other factors kept equal, an auxiliary bracket's weight capacity is the single most important indicator of what it's worth. This only makes sense, doesn't it? A bracket intended for a motor of almost 200 pounds will naturally cost more to make than a much smaller one designed to take a 30 or 40 pound motor.

This Garelick 'Eez In' outboard motor auxiliary bracket sold on eBay for $145.

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