Originally Posted by valhalla360
Bristol 27 LWL is about 20 feet. Hull speed
is 6. He's doing great from 4-6.
I actually bought the engine
just to get me out of the slip (and/or the creek) since my first 15 years of sailing was on boats without engines.
I bought the boat on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at a marina "up the creek" about 3 miles. The channel was very narrow and you couldn't tack to sail out if the wind
was wrong. You could also only come and go during high tide. The boats at the marina drawing 4' or more sit in marsh mud within 2 hours either side of high tide which makes it nice and stable during low tide!
But after having the boat for a couple years so much for engine-less cruising. I've found that running the engine
when the wind
is light with the sails
up can add 2-3 knots which is really nice when you are trying to get across the bay to your anchorage spot to catch fish
But I still wouldn't put a larger outboard
on this boat. On a Catalina 30
, I'd probably run a 9.9 or 15 hp or find another old diesel
like another guy said. I'm thinking the Catalina
has a lot of freeboard on the stern making it hard to do the outboard
With my 25" shaft, I have the engine up all the way on the bracket setting during docking
maneuvers. The power head
is actually above the deck
on my Bristol 27 in that position so it's easy to steer, but the engine is still low enough for the impeller to pump water
. It's actually the same level as an outboard on a power boat
would be planed out in this position.