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Old 15-07-2016, 12:14   #136
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Re: Pro/Con of outboard for blue water cruising

17" of travel is quite a lot; good find! I dunk my lower unit often as well. It doesn't seem to mind

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Old 17-07-2016, 14:25   #137
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Re: Pro/Con of outboard for blue water cruising

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brownoarsman, We use a standard spring style adjustable mount made by Garhauer for Catalinas. I believe it has 17" maximum vertical travel which is the most we could find. The mounts are not on their website but can be still be purchased if you call them. Unless there is some wave action, we don't deploy the mount fully down, but instead to it's intermediate position which I think is 13" down.
Any idea how much weight/hp that Garhauer mount is built for? I am tempted to give them a call though mine is still fine...

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Old 18-07-2016, 04:16   #138
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Hi DonCL,

I am not sure there max rating. You can get the mount with 1-4 springs depending on the weight of the engine. The mount seems well built with all stainless steel components. It is pricey, but I think it may be less than the most expensive garelicks.

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Re: Pro/Con of outboard for blue water cruising

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/ 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 : is a fountain of great ideas for many of us....and I highly recommend checking it out...
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Re: Pro/Con of outboard for blue water cruising

I have a 6 tonne, 27' ferro and use a 6hp Mercury 2-stroke extra long shaft currently. It drinks about 2.3L per hour and averages 3kt. It's workable in protected environments like a bay or a river but for reasons already mentioned by others I'm looking to fit a diesel. It was pulled out by a previous owner but the driveshaft and prop are still there.

For the kind of sailing you intend to be doing I'd go diesel. Unfortunately they're not cheap, even in well-used condition.

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