I have mentioned this before but here is what I did. First you should know I prefer an inboard, but I have an outboard. I have an older Catalina
with a hole cut out for the motor
; this rectangle isn't large enough for a 4 cylinder motor
so I had it filled in, but this isn't what I can recommend to you.
I have used other sailboats with outboards and invariably the motor would hang up on the bracket and the most inopportune time. Instead I had a power bracket mounted which raises and lowers my motor electrically. I have one of those spare emergency
batteries as back up to my main battery
, in case I run out of juice for one reason or another. The tiller is removed from my new Merc 9.9 and I like this system a lot. The space it frees up where the inboard motor would have gone is being used for four golf cart batteries to power my other goodies.
Servicing the engine
is easy, sending it out for repairs
if necessary will be easy.
The engine is also a heck of a lot quieter than the in board motor would have been.
There is never any smell of diesel
for the Merc are anywhere and everywhere; mechanics to service
People say having an outboard ruins the lines of a nice boat; I say having a wind vane
ruins the lines of a nice boat.
I think an inboard is better, but there is a lot going for an outboard.