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Old 22-03-2015, 08:47   #16
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Re: Outboard on a 40ish'er?

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Old 22-03-2015, 09:17   #17
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Re: Outboard on a 40ish'er?

Azul makes a good point in post 15. There will be conditions in which the outboard will just not do the job and I would stick with a diesel myself but.. If you can berth in an area that is easy to get in and out of, has small currents and is protected from most wind and you will be conservative about when you take the boat out it may work out for you.

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Old 22-03-2015, 12:02   #18
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Re: Outboard on a 40ish'er?

While you are learning, have you considered getting a smaller classic, like a Triton 28 or Alberg 30? Those boats can be obtained inexpensively in good condition for $8k to $15k perhaps including a diesel or overhauled Vomatomic 4 and have sufficient headroom and living quarters especially for a bachelor.

They have simple systems, no liners to conceal costly structural problems and are relatively hard to lose large sums of money on for updating deferred maintenance. By reading restoration blogs you can familiarize yourself about their usual pitfalls. Also, they would be much easier to learn how to sail singlehandedly. Moreover, if you really like the simple/outboard/inexpensive route, James Baldwin's blog details how to install a 6 HP outboard in their stern lazarette.

Compared to a 30 foot boat, everything about a 40 foot boat is much more complicated and expensive. It is important to understand that a 40 footer without an engine may not be a good deal even if it is free especially if there are other deferred maintenance items.

No one has explained why a large boat does so poorly with an outboard, except to point out they do OK in totally calm conditions with no wind or current. A 40 foot sailboat has a lot of "windage." Even with the sails down, it will be pushed about by the wind. In 10 knots of wind, when the boat gets turned 90 degrees to the wind, the wind often has more of an effect than your propulsion system- you turn the wheel and nothing happens and the next thing you know you are in a very awkward situation. At the critical moment, the novice panics and hits full throttle leading to an over-correction which causes the boat to hit whatever it is aimed at harder. Also, in any kind of wave action the boat will hobby horse somewhat causing the outboard's propeller to cavitate or come completely out of the water. The worse the conditions, the less power and control is available.
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Old 22-03-2015, 12:37   #19
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Re: Outboard on a 40ish'er?

Take your time and do what you think will work for you. If the life style is for you your first boat probably wont be your last and if you don't get in to deep you can always give it to someone to get their dream started I am also new only 10 years living aboard and am on my 3rd boat I bought a Morgan O/I with a dead motor and went electric IB and am totally stoked. When I told people that was my plan almost every one said that wont work you will end up on the rocks or it wont have enough power in a 40kt blow but I was sure I wanted to try and being new I have no business leaving the slip unless its a pretty nice day anyway Today I am glad I didn't listen to all the yacht club and internet experts I just try to use a little common sense so as not to cause any danger to person or property and life is better than it has ever been

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