I have the mount like Surfer Girl’s picture. I never tilt it up and I am actually looking for a fixed mount for my boat. If you send me a picture of yours and it works for us both we can make a trade. Let me know if you are interested.
I bought the one from garelick and have to chop it up ( cut the top arms shorter) to make it fit perfectly. Now it works great and I need every inch of it to get the engine out. I have a short shaft on purpose, so it has to go way down.
The reason fort all this pain in the ass is when you go down wind with following seas, the wake catches on the engine if it’s not foot out of the water.
I don’t take the engine off for sailing, so it’s important for me not to drag the damn thing behind the boat.
If you get one I can send you the dimensions to cut it down if you want.
Thanks for the feedback. For better or worse, I already have the adjustable bracket. I was assuming to be effective, I’d have to put wedges so that the shaft is upright when deployed. Then I saw some pics and got to wondering if I could get away with not having wedges and having the shaft at an angle with prop pointed slightly upward.
Old School was supplied with the stock Garelick mount and a short shaft motor. When in the down position, the prop made quite a nice rooster tail, but very little thrust. I took it to a shop and had new angle plates made to compensate for the transom angle. The plates we changed were the ones that the motor plate attach to. Took about an hour to source the right material and 10 minutes to make the plates. It made for a very clean modification.
Boats with the wedges behind the transom plate do not look clean to me, and I question if there could be some point-loading issues. BUT, and this is a big BUTT, they do make for excellent steps for reboarding!