Sounds crazy but hear me out: I am thinking about buying
a yacht but almost all of them have really old inboards. The price
of getting a new inboard diesel
is almost as much as the yacht itself. This is for a 28 footer. So I thought: what if I have two strong brackets made, buy two 6 HP long-shaft outboards, and get rid of the inboard altogether? Two outboards are each lighter than a bigger single
one, and this was the initial thought of having two rather than a single outboard
Crazy idea? Maybe not, I think there are definitely some advantages:
1. Even if there are two outboards, they will be cheaper to buy than a new inboard, especially because there are no installation
cost, except a couple of brackets.
2. You have two engines, if one breaks down you still have another one left.
3. Because each of the two outboards is light, one can be used for the dinghy
4. Easy to replace off-the-shelf in most countries.
5. The weight is likely to be somewhat less (together less than 100 KG) than an inboard.
6. You do away with an inboard prop, which is a drag, can get caught on things like seaweed, and could leak.
is all internal and does not make use of raw seawater which can corrode or block things when there are algae in the water
8. A lot of space saved where the inboard used to be (this can be used for storing jerrycans with fuel).
9. You can use them for steering
if there is something wrong with the rudder
1. Higher fuel consumption
(outboards do not run on diesel
- unless there are some, please let me know, could not find any on the web)
is more flammable.
3. You may have to mount / unmount the outboards from the stern bracket, especially in a storm.
4. Even if they have a long prop shaft, they may not reach the water
properly especially in big waves and when sailing offshore
What do you think, any comments? Anyone know of people who have done offshore
sailing using outboards (on small sailboats of course).