Yes, It's possible.
Have moved a 36' Catalina
, with all rigging
, against a chop and 17 MPH wind
on the nose with a 15 HP High Thrust outboard, but it was a really, very slow forward progress, just barely kept the bow pointing straight into the breeze. In normal conditions, it was OK and very easy to handle in tight marinas
but only if you can also steer with that motor
Also moved a 33' Full keel
, beamy and heavy Morgan
OI across the State of Florida
through the Okeechobee Waterway and out to the Gulf, made 3,5 to 4 knots at 3/4 throttle.
Again, used a High Thrust 9.9 outboard, properly installed and deep enough. A regular 15 HP with a regular propeller
may not have the forward bite.
Just make sure you don't run aground, pick calm weather
, watch opposing currents/winds, calculate fuel
needs and have the bottom very clean. It will take you several days and nights out there. Bring spares for engine
and tank fuel
hose, fuel bulb and fuel fittings, carburator spray cleaner, tools, oil
and filters, etc. and use a water
Good luck, be safe, enjoy the memories.