Great replies. Thanks!
Woodstock, since I'm not back in Maine
, yet, you were *exactly* the kind of person I was hoping to hear from.
I know a lot of lobster boats in Maine use them, but I didn't know what they gave up in performance when doing so. Sounds like a lot.
My cages are attached to the hull
and enclose the Yanmar
SD20 saildrives. I hadn't been getting the claimed speeds out of the boat, and now I think this is why. Taking them off while on a delivery
from the Keys to Maine is likely to save me hundreds of $$ in fuel
and days of travel time. They're coming off this week! ha ha
Now what to do with the holes in the hull
There are 3 bolts for each prop cage coming through the hull. I have to take them off and fill the holes - at low tide - to dry by high tide. Maybe Marine-Tex, I think.
PS: Great company, Jeff. That's probably one of the most important bits of training an offshore
sailor (or even remote
anchorer) could ever need. There is a thread on alternative medicine going, but to me, knowing how to deal with trauma quickly and efficiently is the absolute most important thing on boats. If someone injures themselves on my boat, I'd like to be able to stabilize them for the long wait they are in for before medical
services can reach them. Cool.