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Old 25-09-2016, 15:14   #46
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Re: Most manageable size outboard motor for dinghy

There is another consideration I discovered after upgrading out outboard to something heavier: the total weight of your dinghy/motor combined. I found out the hard way that 60kg is a lot when I found the dinghy 50 metres up the beach after the 3 meter tide had gone out...
That was hard work to get it back into the water.
That's when I noticed that a lot of experienced cruisers had very light dingy/motor combinations.
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Old 25-09-2016, 15:35   #47
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Re: Most manageable size outboard motor for dinghy

You are surely jesting? A lightweight dinghy wont last when cruising.
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There is another consideration I discovered after upgrading out outboard to something heavier: the total weight of your dinghy/motor combined. I found out the hard way that 60kg is a lot when I found the dinghy 50 metres up the beach after the 3 meter tide had gone out...
That was hard work to get it back into the water.
That's when I noticed that a lot of experienced cruisers had very light dingy/motor combinations.
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Old 25-09-2016, 15:51   #48
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Just went for a sail over the weekend with a family that had got back from 5 years RTW. Asked them about the dinghy setup. Old avon and a 4hp 2 stroke. No planing, but it conserved the petrol. We had a good old chuckle about how they did it all wrong, no radar, no autopilot, just windvane, no watermaker. Two adults two kids, 42 foot centurian, no problems...

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Re: Most manageable size outboard motor for dinghy

No windvane on a cat I can understand, but no autopilot - that is masochistic. Im not sure how they managed that with two kids to take care of as well.




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Just went for a sail over the weekend with a family that had got back from 5 years RTW. Asked them about the dinghy setup. Old avon and a 4hp 2 stroke. No planing, but it conserved the petrol. We had a good old chuckle about how they did it all wrong, no radar, no autopilot, just windvane, no watermaker. Two adults two kids, 42 foot centurian, no problems...

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No windvane on a cat I can understand, but no autopilot - that is masochistic. Im not sure how they managed that with two kids to take care of as well.
I think you misread that. 42ft Centurion monohull. No autopilot, but they DID have a windvane.
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You are right, Stu, total misread! Damn, must be getting older.

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I think you misread that. 42ft Centurion monohull. No autopilot, but they DID have a windvane.
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I just set my o/b mount near the dinghy davits then used one of the block/tackles to lift the o/b and raise it high enough to swing to the mount.. reverse procedure to lower to the dinghy..
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I believe those are all 4 stoke. They used to but Suzuki 4 strokes under 20hp they now appear to be rebadged Tohatsu's
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We originally left with a Johnson 9.9hp and a Mercury 3.3hp. We only used the Mercury since it was just so easy to load from the pushpit.... and we had davits. We then sold the 9.9hp in Guatemala and promptly wished I had it in Belize to visit some of the further reefs. I'll keep the 3.3hp in the lazarette, but I'm now looking for 9.9-15hp too.

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I used a heavy 9.9 on my last boat, and remember the pain in the neck of hoisting it aboard and lowering it back down. With my newer and smaller boat, I opted for the 2.5 hp Suzuki which I can easily carry up the boarding ladder and clamp on the aft rail. (only 29#). True, I can't plane with four adults in the inflatable, but considering the time I save mounting and unmounting the motor, I'm happy with the new arrangement.
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You've never seen a boat with twin outboards before? I understand this is the most painfully obvious solution but I don't understand how it could be unfathomable.
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Re: Most manageable size outboard motor for dinghy

It's a tough decision and no easy answers. If you are not going to plane in your dingy then you might as well just get the smallest lightest motor you can rely on. Hull speed is hull speed in a dink. I doubt it takes more than 1-2 hp to get there.
If you want to go long distances, explore etc etc, you have to plane.
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