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Old 04-01-2011, 22:09   #16
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My thoughts would be to add a small outboard (7.5-10kw), motor mount for it, a couple of solar panels and a small gas generator (say a small honda 1k, the really quiet model, this will get you back to Portugal. Also make sure the boat has a good light air sail like a drifter/code0/asymetrical so you don't need to use the motor as much.

That size of motor should keep you going at about 4kt (100nm/day) on a boat that size, and fairly efficiently too.

Crewing and cost issues aside the only hard part I see is mounting the motor given the highly raked transom. From the photos I found on AllBoats.com could probably attach part of the motor mount to the liferaft support frame at the transom.
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Working on the assumption your boat has a dinghy and small outboard... all you need then is a generator to keep your elecs/batteries going...
Getting out of the slip tie the dinghy near the stern and use that to manouvre clear then roll out some jib to take you out into open water... or get the marina/fellow sailor to tow you out... there's many who'll be happy to help..
Raise the dinghy and away you go.... just make sure the wind...if any is favourable for your departure though...lol.
Where in Portugal do you want to take the boat to....
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Well, the sailboat doesn't has a dinghy with an outboard engine. However I think it's easier to get that in Italy than a marine mechanic to fix the inboard engine.
The trip is from Lazio (Italy) to Peniche or Figueira da Foz (Portugal). I'm not an expert sailor (just offshore sailing) and my thoughts are around "if a storm comes in open water (e.g. crossing Gibraltar or reaching a marina), and I need to use a engine? For sure dinghy is not an option!"
Anyway, if a really decide to go for that boat in Italy I'll try to find out more skilled help.
Thanks for the advices
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Well, the sailboat doesn't has a dinghy with an outboard engine. However I think it's easier to get that in Italy than a marine mechanic to fix the inboard engine.
The trip is from Lazio (Italy) to Peniche or Figueira da Foz (Portugal). I'm not an expert sailor (just offshore sailing) and my thoughts are around "if a storm comes in open water (e.g. crossing Gibraltar or reaching a marina), and I need to use a engine? For sure dinghy is not an option!"
Anyway, if a really decide to go for that boat in Italy I'll try to find out more skilled help.
Thanks for the advices
I'm based in Figueira.... and I've sailed into the Marina and the Custom/Fuel Dock many times... Peniche is also possible if the wind is not from the Nth... t
There's nowhere on the trip that can't be managed under sail alone... sure you may have to stop/heave to for weather but there's shelter you can get to under sail alone every bit of the way.
Marina's are the last resort if something breaks... but then an engines no guarantee in that case anyway...
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I'm based in Figueira.... and I've sailed into the Marina and the Custom/Fuel Dock many times... Peniche is also possible if the wind is not from the Nth... t
There's nowhere on the trip that can't be managed under sail alone... sure you may have to stop/heave to for weather but there's shelter you can get to under sail alone every bit of the way.
Marina's are the last resort if something breaks... but then an engines no guarantee in that case anyway...
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Thanks boatman61,
It's very nice to have a positive feedback about this idea of sailing without engine/or just with a dinghy.
And as you say engines do not guarantee nothing. In this case I think that experience and knowledge are the most important things. If I go for it, I let you know. Perhaps you might share with me a few more wise advices.
Thanks a lot
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