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Motor Shaft Drag
I have a Coronado 25 Sailboat. The motor
(9.9 Honda) is housed in a lazarette. Due to the confines of this lazarette the motor cannot be lifted out of the water while sailing. The boat actually sails very well and easily attains hull speed with 6 to 8 knots of wind. But with this motor shaft constantly being dragged through the water I am wondering what effect this is having on my overall speed. Could I expect better performance with this shaft out of the water? Would appreciate any and all comments. If advice is such that this arrangement is causing a negative effect and to what degree, I may consider drastic renovations to rectify the problem.