We're looking for a tender
for our new-to-us 42' trawler
. This is SoCal cruising; no long-distance work
anticipated, just anchorage to shore and around the harbor.
We are 2 adults, 3 girls ages 6-12., and a greyhound. Despite this, I'm trying for light and simple. The existing davits
are not super-strong, and there's no good spot for carrying a dinghy
on the deck
Hence, I'm giving up on planing, and am thinking that even a small 2.5hp motor
should be able to push a dinghy
speeds - heck we had one on our 4000lb sailboat. Going from 30lbs (2.5hp) to 60lbs (6hp) is a big jump in bulk.
The dinghy sales guy suggested that 2.5 was just too small, but then said a Torqueedo would work
, which surprised me. I don't really want to spend $2k on a tiny motor
What are your real world experiences with this?