An outboard sled or bucket generally doesn't have the cavitation problems of a transom mounted outboard for two reasons. One, it isn't as far aft...so it doesn't rise and drop as far as the transom mounted ones do. Two, the bucket or sled will usually allow the engine to drop down further into the water than a transom mount generally will, and as such will help keep the prop submersed.
Thanks SailingDog and CapnHand.
Wouldn't the sled have the same issues of not staying submerged?
I'd have to check to see if the folding action would permit such a sled. I fold prior to docking in my slip.
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