Loading and carrying outboard motor while travelling

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:02

Member - Norm C (QLD)

Many of us carry a roof top tinnie and all the accessories while travelling. There are a fair few options available for carrying the tinnie and several commercial products available to assist with this.

I recently came across one that seems a great aid for loading and carrying the outboard motor. I was first directed to it by Damian from ExploreOz. He had received an email from the ABC TV show The New Inventors to comment on an invention that they were considering for the show. He passed it to me to respond, as I was one of the authors of the Roof Toppers article on Explore Oz.

Well, from what I can see it seems to be a great idea. Called the Ezygo, it consists of a special trolley to mount the motor on and move it around (so can be used at home as well as on the road), and a set of extending tracks. It can be mounted in the back of a vehicle (with enough length), on the draw bar of a CT or caravan, or on a rack on the rear of CT or caravan.

It makes loading a breeze,reduces the weight being lifted dramatically and locks the motor in place for protection and safety.

I have not seen one in the flesh yet, but probably will this week-end as they will be at the Gold Coast Caravan and 4WD Show. Thought I'd put a post up now in case anyone else is considering attending and might want to have a look.

I believe it is all (or mostly) stainless steel and at $660 won't break the bank.

No affilliation. Just thought it looked like a great product wothy of consideration to help with carrying the outboard. The manufacturer is based at Dunoon, near Lismore, so being a small regional based business is another reason to support them in my book.

Link toEzygo web site.

After I see one I'll post a report.

Norm C
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:08

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:08
Norm ,

Could you figure out if it attached solidly to the inside of the car ? I would not like to launch a 15 hp Merc in a crash .

I thought it was great too .

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:18

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:18
Willie, if you click on photos, then on the last photo, you will see a locking bolt. I take it that this locks the trolley to the tracks, which are bolted to the floor of the vehicle (or the draw bar of CT or caravan).

As you might recall, I have a new 70 series tray back on order, so will be lifting the motor higher than with the Hilux. Also since I upgraded from a 15 HP to 20 HP, I notice the weight a lot more.

I'll have a closer look on the week-end.

Norm C
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Reply By: Wazza - (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 19:14

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 19:14
Why not just hang that trolley off the towball ? Would save room in the back. Might need to reinforce the wheels if you were going up the Cape though.

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Follow Up By: dedabato (SA) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 02:58

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 02:58
You are a LEGEND Wazza. I love it mate.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 20:50

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 20:50
Looks like it works ok, downside would be that it takes up half the back of your car.
I have just made a bracket to carry my 15hp on a Kaymar wheel carrier. Still have to lift the motor though.
If you want pic's email me at
lkbm@internode.on.net
Cheers Lyndon
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Reply By: Member - bill - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 21:07

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 21:07
i like it thanks for that bil
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 09:23

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 09:23
G'day Norm,

What day will you be at the show? I'm planning to go Friday - I think it's running on Friday.

Kind regards

Theo
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Follow Up By: gragra - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 10:22

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 10:22
Also check out http://www.flipneasy.com.au/slipneasy.html

These guys also make a folding boat trailer as well
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 10:43

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 10:43
Hi Theo, we are going over on Friday morning. Will go early as we have to leave by about 11.30 or so for a lunch appointment.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:52

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:52
HI Norm,

Planning on Friday Morn as well (dependant on the bride getting her act together) maybe we could catch up. I'm on 0427053574.

Kind regards

Theo
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 15:55

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 15:55
I'll give you a call when we get there in the morning Theo.

Norm C
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