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post #8 of Old 05-18-2010
bacinmass
1984 O'Day 26 - Lazy Dog
 
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I have a 15 hp Mercury on my O'day 26. Former family boat was an O'Day 25 with a 9.9 Johnson. There were times when the 9.9 just couldn't hack it against a tide in a fast-moving river. With the 15 hp Merc, it seems to be a great combination for my coastal sailing. I have noticed that the motor mount was probably reinforced sometime late in the boat's life (I've owned the 26 for 2 years). Based on mstern's observations, I'm glad that the PO did that work. Bottom line, I'd recommend careful evaluation of what the motor mount can handle weight/thrust wise. I don't know what the conditions are like where you'll be sailing, but I'm thinking that with lake sailing you'd be ok with a 9.9. Did you decide to get the boat?
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