Originally Posted by danscotttrudel
So Im still looking at all types of boats. It seems as though i can find nice boats in the upper twenty for range with an outboard much cheaper than with an inboard motor. Im wondering if an outboard would be ok for my Caribbean
I dont know about outboards in blue water, but as some other posters have indicated your motor will cavitate (prop out of the water) sooner and more often in a chop than the inboard which is monted lower. If you have an outboard motor well in the cockpit
as opposed to a transom mounted this problem is largely negated but having an outboard grinding away in a well is loud and stinky, my boat has a well but it's sealed up and the motor is on a transom mount anyway.
The advantages of an outboard are numerous. Biggest advantage is if the thing craps out on you and you just cant fix it you can just unscrew it and drop it into the water and buy and install a new one (not the best idea for the environment
There is a guy at my yacht club who bought a nice Catalina
28 with an inboard. He had problem after problem one year in with the inboard and he's now removing the whole thing and popping on a transom mounted outboard.
The inboard diesels are a bunch more fuel efficient by volume though, the diesel
goes much further per litre of fuel than gas. Less fuel on board to go further, that is the main advantage that I see. Also inboards tend to be way overpowered. His inboard was 85HP, his boat is only 2 ft longer than mine and an extra 700 lbs - I can get to hull speed
at 30% throttle with my 8HP high thrust with relative ease. Overpowered I guess means you can run it at lower RPMs which means its quieter, especially with the exhaust
coming out under the waterline.
But if you want quiet then you should be hanging the rags and sailing anyway. :-)
just my two bits