24' x 5' sharpie cat-ketch with leeboards, about 700 pounds unladen.
Looking for auxiliary power.
Bought off an estate. Previous power and mounting system loooong gone before I saw the boat.
I am currently west of Chicago, meaning the boat may see lakes in this area or Wisconsin. Long-term, boat will probably hit the Eastern estuaries and sounds of North Carolina
Pics from the past show both electric
trolling motors and small gas outboards. Both mounted on brackets off the starboard stern, about 2.5 to 4 feet forward of the transom. Neither has to turn to steer, as being a sailboat, there's a rudder
. I'm thinking it would be best if the motor/engine would just rotate downward and drop into running position, and then stay at a fixed position side to side.
2 to 5 Hp outboard
60 to 80 pound thrust electric
does not need to pivot L/R to steer, only up and down for in or out of the water
Mainly need as backup for harbor maneuvers, and for emergency
drop-sails-and-run panic attacks. Either must have the capacity for at least an hour of running against a bad chop.
Gas has the advantage of better portability. But the issues of gas on board, in a tilting set-up for an engine
. Electric means instant-on, and I'd already have a better DC system on board for lights and radio
, but need shore or portable PV charging
capacity. BIG PLUS with electric is silent running when what I want to do is tool around the land's edge wetlands.
What would you pick, and why?