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Outboard Transport in Rental Truck

Old 03-05-2019, 09:01 AM
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I'm purchasing a used outboard from a private seller about 10hrs away.
I'll be flying one way from Long Island, New York and renting a pick-up truck to transport the motor back north.

The motor is a 175hp 2-Stroke Optimax, so its DFI, not carbureted, weighing in around 430lbs.

I tried contacting local shops to get an old outboard pallet w/ bracket, but have had no luck.
Since I'm flying, I'll have a carry-on bag filled with a couple moving blankets and ratchet straps.

I've read on forums here about laying it on an old car tire or mattress, but given that I'm flying down, thats not an option.

Should I remove the upper cowling first, and place it inside the truck for the 10hr drive?
Are a couple moving blankets beneath the motor sufficient?
Does it matter which side I lay it on, given its not a 4-stroke or carb'd?
Should I drain the reserve oil reservoir under the cowling?

Welcome to any thoughts/suggestions.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:06 AM
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Need an old tire. The seller can probably give it to you. Remove the cowling and lay it down on the tire. Strap it down well. Works like a charm.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:15 AM
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Old tire works great. Seems like a bunch of hassle for one outboard. Better be a hell of a deal.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:18 AM
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make sure to read manual to see if there is a particular side it should be laid on
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:28 AM
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Plenty local tire shop around that has worn or busted tires you can ask to get one. One less they have to discard or recycle.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:37 AM
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you could build a stand from 2x4's in the parking lot pretty quick so that its held be the mounting surface then a couple ratchet straps for securing!

why not drive your own truck there and back and take what you need?
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:56 AM
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A pile of moving blankets would be a good start - you should be able to pick those up at somewhere like harbor freight or northern tool for cheap. The tire-under-the-powerhead makes sense, as does a mattress. Pretty sure you could find either on craigslist for $20.

Be careful with the motor, they're a real pain in the neck to deal with if you don't have a forklift. I had one fall over while it was on a cherry picker once, that was a lot of fun.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:52 PM
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If there is a local home depot you could buy lumber and get some harbor freight tools and build a crate in the parking lot. Even buying the tools i'd bet you could get it done for less than $100.
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:47 PM
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Have a crateing company crate it and ship LTL. Probably lower cost than fly / drive, and its insured.
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:23 AM
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The tire would be good, but I bet there's a goodwill near there that would sell you a used mattress, might be a little more stable for transport? Just don't sleep on it!!
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:32 AM
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where on LI I may know someone who has a crate, if they still have it that is

I just threw 3 out !
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