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Old 30-04-2013, 12:56   #16
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I have a Cape Dory 33. In 2001, I blew my transmission while entering the Erie Canal system.
With some quick welding at a local iron mongers, my little 4 hp long shaft outboard pushed us along at 4.5kts for over 300nm.
IMHO, the long shaft is the critical element in getting the prop as deep as possible. We were able to power into 2 to 3' head seas, not fast mind you but we did make progress.
Upon arrival I redesigned my o/b mount and now carry it as a permanent fixture on board.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:00   #17
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Re: Outboard on Alberg 30

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You think it's going to be "fun" trying to drive a 30' long, 5 ton boat through that with a 5 hp outboard hanging on the back?

This is a backup. It's for the emergency situation when the inboard fails. So I have to say that I think you are missing the point.
I've done it with my 5 hp and it's my only engine..............but I'm thinking of getting a 2hp for going into and out of my slip. That way I can pull it off the bracket as soon as my sails are up. The Honda air cooled 2 hp weighs in at 26 lbs. The 5 hp will then be my backup and will be stored below someplace.
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I've done it with my 5 hp and it's my only engine...
No kidding. So have a lot of other people. But you are still missing the point.

Building a bracket so that he can power the boat off of the outboard is not necessary. In fact, I would call it a lot of money, effort, and junk hanging on the back of the boat, for almost no benefit. It would very likely never be used!

This is a backup. Only in case the main engine fails. For that, you don't need a bracket built onto the back of your boat. You can tow or push the boat with the dinghy. No additional cost. No additional stuff to build onto your boat. Just hop in the dinghy, tie off a line, and go.

But I expect that I'm just wasting bandwidth here. I have no doubt that the OP already "gets it." If you don't... Well, whatever.
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No kidding. So have a lot of other people. But you are still missing the point.

Building a bracket so that he can power the boat off of the outboard is not necessary. In fact, I would call it a lot of money, effort, and junk hanging on the back of the boat, for almost no benefit. It would very likely never be used!

This is a backup. Only in case the main engine fails. For that, you don't need a bracket built onto the back of your boat. You can tow or push the boat with the dinghy. No additional cost. No additional stuff to build onto your boat. Just hop in the dinghy, tie off a line, and go.

But I expect that I'm just wasting bandwidth here. I have no doubt that the OP already "gets it." If you don't... Well, whatever.
Looks like you are upset because I disagreed with your little dinghy towing service idea...........

Maybe the guy doesn't trust his diesel and didn't want the hassle of doing the dinghy thing or calling for help. He probably wanted to be self sufficient on his trip. (Or) Maybe he just likes engines (-:

The new 4 stroke outboards are pretty nice.
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