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Old 07-30-2008
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While the idea of an emergency engine is nice and all... it isn't a good idea in reality. You have a sailboat...if the engine dies, one would hope that you would be able to use the sails. If you're too close to shore to safely use the sails, you have an anchor.

Most sailboats that use an outboard as an auxiliary, like mine, have to have a long or extra long shaft version of the outboard engine. This is not what you want on an inflatable dinghy.

Most reasonably sized dinghies that will fit on a Catalina 30 will be happily powered by a 4-6 HP outboard. This is light enough that you shouldn't really have any trouble mounting it or de-mounting it. Store it on a rail-mounted outboard motor bracket, a bit forward of the stern.
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