How to Carry Outboard Motors

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How to Carry Outboard Motors
A sailboat's outboard motor can pose some difficulties if you want to transport it. (toy outboard motor image by pearlguy from

Most small sailboats are not capable of out-of-the-water transport with their outboard motor attached. Leaving the outboard motor on the sailboat can lead to damage to either the motor or the body of the craft. Unfortunately, outboard motors often leak oil or water and have a film of algae build-up, so transporting them separately and inside of a carpeted vehicle poses its own challenges. There are many products available to aid in outboard motor transport, but the least expensive way is to use heavy-duty trash bags to carry and store your motor.

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Things you need

  • Two heavy-duty trash bags
  • Old towel
  • Vehicle

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  1. 1

    Remove the outboard motor from the back of the sailboat. Use the towel to hold onto the outboard motor as you move it to minimise the possibility that it will slip out of your hands.

  2. 2

    Place the outboard motor into the first trash bag, and lay it flat onto the ground. Do this slowly to avoid damaging the propeller.

  3. 3

    Tie off the first trash bag to ensure that nothing on the motor will leak out onto you or your vehicle.

  4. 4

    Place the outboard motor in the second trash bag for extra security against tears.

  5. 5

    Tie off the second trash bag.

  6. 6

    Place the motor into the vehicle that you are using to transport it

Tips and warnings

  • Some motors do not like to lie horizontally. If your motor fails to start after transport, leave it standing upright for a half hour and check it again. Eventually it should start normally.

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