Originally Posted by allstar1976
I'm new to sailing and made a bad decision to take friends out, just for a motor
around the harbour. My slip is at the end of the dock
at the furthes point out, i just had to push off the bow and go forward.. Well it didnt' work I have a Tanzer 22 with a 7.5hp motor
... as soon as we untied the motor had no power and wouldn't move us we just drifted backwards... I thought at the time their must be something wrong with the motor.We got towed back to the slip and I tested the motor and the propeller
seemed to work fine.. I know it's a small motor but shouldn't it have gotten me out of their? i should mention there was a 20 knot wind
A 7.5 hp outboard
is more than adequate for a Tanzer 22. On my Tanzer (#2245) I had a 6 HP Nissan
after the 6 HP suzuki was stolen. Both outboards pushed the boat easily in winds above 20kts.
The Tanzer needs to have a long shaft outboard
, otherwise the prop will not develop enough thrust. If you have a long shaft OB, then make sure the OB bracket is down all the way.
The shear pin is designed to break when the prop hits something hard, saving the expensive transmission parts
at the expense of a cheap
shear pin. Shear pins will also break if the boat is shifted from forward to reverse at more than idle speed.