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Old 10-02-2002
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Outboard vs. Inboard

I have a 26 ft.boat and have sailed some of the areas you mentioned.My boat has an inboard diesel,but before taking her to the Bahamas I installed a outboard stern bracket.My reasoning was that should I have problems with my diesel, I could take the outboard off my dink and still have some motoring capabilities, even though they would be somewhat limited.I did have to rely upon my "back up" plan down in the Keys when I developed a minor problem with my diesel.I found that just as Jeff mentioned in his post, in any kind of chop the outboard was constantly jumping out of the water.Also, the fuel tank on my outboard (5hp)is pretty small which caused me to be refilling it often.Sailing single-handed, this can be a somewhat difficult task while you are underway. There are many advantages to outboards on boats, but for me personally, I wouldn''t make a Bahamas trip with only an outboard.Good luck with your plans!
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