This was my day of reckoning. Would the outboard motor bracket really work the way it was designed? Well, in the shop, it appears that it will work out just as planned. Notice the room for the tiller handle…with the handle at a 45 degree angle. Plenty of clearance here to run the controls. This photo better shows the relationship between the outboard bracket and the rudder. I didn’t want the motor to cavitate in wave action. Looking at the depth of the prop, I don’t force it coming out of the water. This photo shows the clearance of the tiller arm in the horizontal position. I’m happy.Notice how the rudder, fully deployed toward the port side, still misses the motor bracket. This is at the end of it’s swing.
Love the bracket. I’ll post an update once I have had the boat in the water under motor power, but this is exactly how I designed it to fit and function.