Thank you for the replies. Mark Johannsen (not sure I spelled it correctly) lives in Florida
and we have a friend (boatbuilder) in common. He actually visits the town I live in and I hope to discuss both the engine size and the rig with him this summer. I have a 2.5 Yamaha for my Trinka 10 but I think it might be too small for the Trinka 12. I understand the 12 moves right along under sail, thus it might not get too ďsquirrelly ď with more than two hp. The two cylinder engines are quieter, smoother and ought to last longer. True they weigh more but moving a manatee forward could easily balance the added weight aft.
I think the easiest way is to test different motors. As to the rig, Iím long past thrill sailing, hiking out or tweaking the rig, hence my question about smaller rigs. Lastly, why two tenders. Indeed, a reasonable question? Well a second dinghy is a great place to hold several days worth of romaine lettuce. Should my diesel
fail and my sails
shred, I can lure manatees to pull me into shore. Wait. Thatís not legal
. I need another reason. OK...It seems, I have acquired friends who own catamarans. Now how inconsiderate a host would I be if I did not tie the two dinghies together? Thus I could eliminate squabbling in the sandbox when asked what kind of boat
do I own. To which I may now reply : a manatee powered catamaran
No longer vibrissae faced mermaids, nor biscuit passing gas factories, my smiley
floating friends may now be considered living lifeboats.
Sincere appreciation for all who have replied.
Mark of the manatees