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The fun has begun. 19 Mar 2021 14:11 #110485

MMarc, you have an excellent point.  This is the first small motor i have had with bolt holes.  Thank you 
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The fun has begun. 17 Mar 2021 11:20 #110446

Catfishtoon post=110445 wrote: I really don't have enough transom to raise it up much.  I want as much height as possible to reduce my total draft.  Some of the lakes we brem fish in are pretty shallow in spots.

If you removed the metal stop spacer I would think you could go up 1".

You really don't need that stop spacer " if that what's it there for" Is the motor is bolted through the transom?
 

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The fun has begun. 17 Mar 2021 02:29 #110445

I really don't have enough transom to raise it up much.  I want as much height as possible to reduce my total draft.  Some of the lakes we brem fish in are pretty shallow in spots.

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The fun has begun. 17 Mar 2021 01:50 #110442

I would use a block of wood. Cheap, easy, done.
I raised my Merc 400 1-1/4" with a  block of mahogany. And plan to do the same with the Merc 1000.

Paint sticks work good for dialing in the hight.
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The fun has begun. 17 Mar 2021 00:30 #110438

Just to give you some ideas...

I raised mine by first cutting some shims to fit under the motor brackets.  I then ran the motor as Locomotion recommends to see what the effects/benefits were at different height levels.  You can see my motor tests on YouTube if you search for user "jmh55dr" on YouTube.

In the end, I used a scrap of red oak bullnose window sill that I had laying around the house.  I know red oak is not recommended for water applications, but the trim is at the top of the transom and doesn't spend any time below the waterline.  (I used white oak for the outer transom that spends time below the waterline.)  I attach some photos of the final rigging on my boat.  Note that I have the benefit of a 3/4 inch thick aluminum "plank" that the previous owner had fit across the inside of my transom!





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The fun has begun. 16 Mar 2021 20:13 #110432

You could have a piece of aluminum broke that would slide down over your transom then weld end caps on it use the original bolt holes in your transom to bolt it down you would have to slide a piece of wood up in it to hold the clamps of your motor 
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something like this 

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The fun has begun. 16 Mar 2021 20:10 #110431

I would run it first and make sure that it needs to be raised.
Close up photos of the motor where it mounts on the transom front and back would help.
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The fun has begun. 16 Mar 2021 19:02 #110430

Advise or bright ideas wanted.  

How would you go about raising the motor up a little over an inch?  

Jack plate 
Add to transom (I just redid it....)
Shims?

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The fun has begun. 10 Mar 2021 22:57 #110325

a little better pic of the keel. I spent the afternoon with gluvitand a small paintbrush painting rivets and seams. The keel is the only piece I did not get to. Next time I mix some up, it will be first on the list.

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The fun has begun. 10 Mar 2021 03:35 #110308

This is the only picture I have of the keel right now. Will get another soon.

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