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Re: using a trolling motor for power

Two cents worth. I use to race a R19 keel in Chicago, I used a 10 foot sweep and oar lock that went into my rudder. It worked well, when there wasn't any wind. Currents weren't a problem. On my Hobie I made a electric motor using a long shaft, a 14/1 rc airplane prop anda black and decker electric screw driver. Kept it in a plastic dry bag. I could get from on end of the lake to the other on a single charge. When I sailed on Lake Superior, I used to sit on the forward end of a hull and use kayak paddle and line that wend to the rudders.

The R19 is still one of my favorite boats. Live on it one summer with tarp over the boom and camp stove. Watched all the people in the morning commuting to work. Now I'm one of the commuters.

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