SailNet Community - View Single Post - Free boat for me - lots of questions
View Single Post
post #2 of Old 06-25-2002
Senior Member
paulk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 2,831
Thanks: 4
Thanked 45 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Free boat for me - lots of questions

Divers may have a hard time finding much to tell you if there''s a lot of growth on the bottom. You may want to have them scrape it (if they will) and wiggle the rudder to make sure it''s not loose and about to surprise you by falling out. If you can post what kind of boat it is, people who know it may be aware of specific problem areas to check out. Engines vary according to how heavy the boat is and what your goals are.
J/24 racers squeak by with the lightest 3hp
motor they can find. To fight currents or head seas in or out of harbor, 6hp might be better on a J/24. On heavier boats, a lot of people use long-shaft 9.9hp motors. Be aware that because of the maximum hull speed, upping the hp quickly comes to a point of diminishing returns. Putting a 50hp motor on the back will make lots of waves and burn lots of fuel, but you won''t go much faster than with a more appropriately-sized motor.
paulk is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome