When both units are down and pointed straight back, the connected rod should be as close to being completely compressed as possible. If only two or three grooves are showing, the rod is the right length. If you have five or more grooves showing, you need a longer rod.
Rod separation with auxiliary unit raised
Make sure the bracket on the auxiliary outboard is not centered on the exhaust housing. It should be tipped slightly off center toward the main unit. Also, make sure the pivot tension on the auxiliary outboard is backed off so it is completely free to turn.
Large outboard binds when in the up position
Move both motor brackets down low and turn slightly towards each other. This will relieve the binding in most cases.
- In some cases the large engine cannot be lifted all the way up, only 3/4 of the way as it puts too much of an angle on the rod.
- Most large outboard motors are not designed to be steered in the tipped up position, they become top heavy.
- With the large outboard down, you have more positive steering control as it acts as a large rudder when under power with the auxiliary.
- Don't fish with the big motor in the up position, because the larger motor sticks out and you may catch your line on it when trying to net your fish!
Raise both motors without disconnecting rod even with a full (or 3/4) swim platform.
Swim platform models take a special bracket and longer rod. The quick connector must point down to give proper clearance under the platform. If the rod hits the swim platform, point the auxiliary bracket quick connect down. If this does not correct the problem then please call us.
Different outdrives require different brackets.
OMC: Pre-1984 OMC units will take the OMC bracket. For drive units produced after 1984, the cobra bracket will be required. In 1994 Volvo and OMC joined forces to make a drive unit. This unit requires the Volvo-SX/Cobra bracket.
MERCRUISER: serial numbers between 2062141 and OD469858 inclusive, requires an Alpha I system. If the serial numbers are OD469859 and above, Mercruiser requires an Alpha II system. If, however, the outdrive says Bravo, it will need a Bravo bracket system.
VOLVO: Pre 1989 units will need a Volvo I bracket system. 1989 to 1994 units will require a Volvo II bracket system. Volvo SX and DX units will require the Volvo SX/Cobra bracket system. (Refer to OMC section)
SAILBOAT: This is the only bracket assembly that requires the drilling of any holes. (The rudder needs to be drilled to mount the bracket to it.) We recommend putting the bracket on with "C" clamps before drilling any holes. This is to make sure the bracket is in the right position before drilling the rudder. Once the bracket is in the desired position, the bracket can be used as a template for drilling the rudder. The sailboat system is also the only system where it is sometimes desirable to disconnect the rod. The rudder on most sailboats has a much greater turning radius than most auxiliary outboard motors, therefore, the motor in some cases will restrict the turning of the rudder when under sail. At that time, we recommend that the rod be popped off the rudder, the rod placed alongside the auxiliary motor, and held in place by a bungee cord.