Recently Rado owner of Rado’s Rental Rafts had an idea of putting a 2.5hp Suzuki motor on the side of his 2016 Hobie Adventure Island. Here’s what we came up with…
We laser cut and folded the mount from 316 stainless and TIG welded it. This presses over the rear crossbar.
The mount had to be low enough to use a short shaft outboard (15″ leg) so it sits just above the bar like this. We machined a piece of marine ply that fills the whole cavity above the arm and then put two plastic plates for the motor to sit on.
The rear bar is made from some 316 tube with bushes welded in the ends and 2 Railblaza starports to help support the motor so all the force isn’t on the cross bar. The bar is made to fit with the Hobie livewell.
We took the motor out for a quick spin but now its time to get it rigged for chasing tuna!