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    Cool outboard on aire 156e

    I've owned my Aire 156e for a little over a year now and decided to attempt to put a motor mount on it. Reading these forums it became quickly evident that the 21 in tubes + 12 in kick would make it difficult to get the prop to even touch the water. Using a drop down mount would make it a pain to grab the tiller (not to mention all the extra aluminum tubing/seat mount on the rear etc). Cost quickly adds up. After speaking with Tracy at AR&K I decided to go with a side mount positioned just aft of my rowing seat. That took care of the kick/rocker problem, but I was a bit concerned about the distance the motor was off centerline. Put in at Sand Lake for a test drive before Skilak (or others) are attempted. This is a Tohatsu 6hp long shaft at 47 lbs. The setup worked remarkably well. Granted I'm not moving on step and am crabbing a bit through the water, but at about 6-7 kts it serves my purpose just fine (save the shoulders on lakes/slack water/headwinds). One extra alum tube plus mount is easily removable.
    Happy pursuits...

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    Nice Job. As with most of us with cats, we are not looking to go Mach 5. That will beat the hell out of rowing anyday.
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    Sounds like a good option that I might try myself.

    I have a raft motor mount that I picked up at a garage sale. It's a simple device that goes over the tube and uses straps to hold it in place, but I have the same issue with too much kick in the stern for the prop to hit the water. Plus my outboard is a short shaft. The simple solution I think I will try first is to mount the thing on the side of the boat and use it to push the boat sideways. I have a 2.5 hp Merc, so speed will be a joke no matter what I do.

    Is it legal to use an outboard on Sand Lake? I think the only other close test option is the small boat harbor near Ship Creek, but you got to mind the tides there.

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    Hey Jim. I thought Fire lake in ER was open for OB's too
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    Default pictures?

    Do you have any that you can share of your new set up in action?

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