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Old 01-21-2006
jjj0923
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tow dingy with outboard?

We have a 10'' inflatable towed behind a O''Day 28. My engine was a 5 HP Mercury, long shaft. The drag was unacceptable when sailing (.5knot+). We are Maine coast cruisers but the weight of the engine (abt 50 lbs) was unsafe to muscle to/from the stern rail engine mount every time we stopped. Two of us with the same issue simply swapped out our heavy outboards for the 2 HP air-cooled Honda (22 lbs as I remember). It still propels two couples easily and is much easier and safer to transfer back and forth. -Ron
s/v Wild Flower
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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