Originally Posted by a64pilot
When I'm feeling lazy, I have been known to use my Genoa winch
and my Milwaukee drill to raise the dinghy's engine
Makes short work of it.
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We do not use davits
, the dinghy gets stored on the foredeck, and although Jim can do it all by himself, we do it together, usually. We tie the dinghy amidships, having made a lifting harness for the 15 hp Yamaha 2 stroke
, and a mount on the stern rail, and he hooks the spinnaker halyard
to the harness, and climbs back aboard to "be the arm of the crane." In low gear
, it takes 6 fast turns to elevate the motor till it just clears, and I lower it down. You do not need an electric
crane, if you have a spare genoa halyard
or a spinny halyard available.
We have a 3 hp elderly Johnson for our "little motor". It is (besides being noisier than the larger engine) not only slow, but its fuel consumption
is greater than that of the 15 horse, as well. It would not push us into any 25 knot wind
even in flat water
. Therefore, I do not believe a 2.3 will do.
Maybe you should try out a small used engine
and see how the whole deal works for you, but don't sell off your 15, because you may well find (as we did) that when you want the power, it is really great to have it available. It'd be silly to have to spend the night ashore if you couldn't get back to your boat.