Hi. i've just bought my first real sail boat, a 1974 Doug Peterson
1/4 ton 25'. It came with sails
, a tiller, a few anchors, a first aid kit and a Suzuki 4hp that looks like it survived a small riot. It runs, sort of. but not well enough for me to trust it. ( you have to invert yourself 5' to start it hanging over the rear safety
ropes when it dies )
I've been researching Torqeedo for about 2 months as i REALLY wanted to go that route
. But once all's said I can't help but agree with the old salts who say ' i don't wish to be a beta tester for an overly proud German engineering company' trying to show the world how great their engineering is. It IS, really. but the final product just does not seem to work well enough. Nobody ( end users, not corporate lake bound buyers ) is buying
the 2.0 and 4.0 models. The few you can track down often have 'rest of the story' tales of repeated parts
failures, prop damage, etc.
So two days ago I pulled the plug
on that dream. But that left me with a barely working 4hp to get in and out with, not to mention emergencies. ( we just had 1/4" hail here. Half hour from San Francisco
. COOL! but.... is the world ending? ) I need an outboard
. And one which will push this tub at a resonable speed.
The boat weighs 4700 lb when without burden. Or dry. Displacement
is the word I think. Based on the research
I've done I THINK I need a 10hp. Maybe a 15hp... not sure. I get the feeling any power beyond that will be essentially wasted due to boat design.. (does this sound correct?)
My new best friend Google
has let me down for once. I can't find any publications, much less pubs I might know/trust, who have done head
to head reviews
of these size motors. The price
range seems to be from about $1400 to perhaps $5000 ( bottom of 10hp to top of 15hp market ) which is a lot of difference.
What would any of you suggest regarding either looking up info to make a choice of engine
, or just stating your thoughts on what has worked for you and what has not over the years?
I am not sure about long vs short shaft yet: my stern is oddly angled... the 4 hp has an arm assy to lower it into the water
... however it's really rickety/loose. I would think I'm losing a lot of energy there. Once I choose an outboard
I hope to post here regarding the mounting of it.
Thanks for any thoughts you have.