Re: Creative mower transportation.
Hey guys. I admit that it was certainly on my mind that it would be "tippy" but honestly, it was not and I was very happy about that. I did pick a calm day, or at least as calm as it gets in the bay. It is a 90 etec on a 17.5 foot boat. I had to take the deck off to get it down the ramp, and I brought that in a separate trip. My one helper had strict instructions to not make any movements unless I said OK first. I was expecting it to be a lot more dramatic than it was. The mower really wasn't all that heavy.
I did have a really rugged ratchet strap anchoring the mower to the platform. If you look, there are also blocks screwed to the platform against the tires to keep it from moving side to side. There is another rugged ratchet strap running underneath the boat (installed with boat out of the water) that holds the whole platform to the boat. There is also blocking underneath the platform to keep it from moving side to side or towards the rear. Nothing to keep it from moving forward, but I did not anticipate many forces in that direction. I do believe I well engineered the whole operation to give me the best chance of success. I was prepared to abort if I pushed away from the dock and found the boat to be unsteady, but honestly I could hardly tell the difference.
I am not the first one on our island to have done it this way, and I have seen this operation performed with golf carts as well! I think the golf cart was on a 20' boat though.
It was certainly fun and we got some interesting looks and a good story to tell. PS, the mower works great!