This has been a great thread and is very pertinent to the needs of alot of sailors. I don't have 10 grand for a new diesel
in addition to the other projects I have on her and was ready to proceed with mounting a longshaft 20hp Merc of 90's vintage on the transom of my Bristol 40 yawl because the diesel
is fried...and I want to focus on going engineless alot more than I have in the past anyway...I think even a boat of this size is a candidate for an outboard
because she's rather "petite" for a 40 and I think an outboard
well could be a good solution which could also solve the issues I have with the quite long,but narrow cockpit
. I think I could lessen the tremendous cockpit
volume of this boat by making an outboard well of sorts with a"lid" that could hold something light like life-jackets, revealing the well...but I may have to live with just a stern-hung O/b...which although it has the requisite down-sides of an o/b...at least I can hoist it off the stern with a block/tackle from the mizzen relatively easily when not in use..Just some thoughts...and again...a very interesting thread to many of us I think...
b.t.w.- if u are a sailor who likes to think "out-of-the-box" and havent visited this salty sailor blog : ChrisMorejohn@blogspot.com
is a fountain of great ideas for many of us....and I highly recommend checking it out...