@awesomeaustinv Impressive, but weird subject matter. They couldn't have done the Queen Mary or the QE2?
It also makes me think of a great joke (bearing in mind I'm a Scot by birth):
So there's a school group on an outing to the Glasgow Transport museum and they're in the Clyde Room. The Clyde Room is filled with hundreds of models of ships built on the river Clyde. The kids are looking around, but they can't find the most famous ship of all: The Titanic.
A wee gallus Glasgow wean sees a curator and marches over to him.
"Hawl Mister, where's the Titanic? We cannae find it."
The curator rocks back on his heels, draws a breath through his teeth, and scratches his forehead.
@functionoverfashion Lags can be really poor fasteners. If you use them I would suggest using stainless and drilling pilot hole of carefully chosen size. And really careful how much torks you give them.
You're right about lags in general. However, they are industry standard for motor mounts in small recreational boats. Or at least, they were for a very long time, if not still. There are 4 per motor mount going 90 degrees to each other (in pairs) and most of the force is in shear, so they hold up really well. Oh, and they are stainless for sure.
It's actually a common thing to check, when buying an older boat (especially an inboard ski boat) - do the motor mount bolts spin when you try to tighten them? If so, there's rotten wood in the stringers. Now, the engine isn't going anywhere, and people drive boats for years with rotten stringers with varying degrees of rot. But it does mean the structure should be replaced, for the overall structural integrity of the boat.
@functionoverfashion Yeah, I know the thing with boat engines is they can often be run at full or near-full throttle for long periods of time and often with little warm-up and the like.....that can't be easy on them...
@mastermario I've got friends with boats, and after seeing what they put into them I think I'm content just to go rent one every now and then. Renting isn't cheap, but it seems way cheaper than owning.
Every year for the last few years, I've been renting a cottage on an Island with friends. And with that cottage comes a boat. And over those years, since I'm the only one with the boating license, I've gotten very familiar with the boat and all the issues that they had to deal with.
And I too would never want to own one unless I needed it because I decided to live on an island.... which I would only consider doing in a zombie apocalypse.
@nowhere I've made a few of these out of the taper/threaded end of prop shafts. It's scrap anyway. Drill a big hole in the bottom and enlarge the hole at the top. That hole in the bottom will capture some of the mud, muck, or not if grass or sand so you can learn what's down there.