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Old 08-16-2010
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Thank you for the ideas, I hadn't thought about mounting an outboard anywhere other than off the transom.

Will a 4hp be powerful enough to power the boat against a strong wind (worst case scenario)?

I had in mind some way of attaching an engine so that the engine could be stowed under the front of the cockpit leaving only a bracket on the transom.

only being brought out when needed (higher winds than I am confident to sail in or if I become becalmed)

Thats kind of what I had in mind but i'm by no way fixed to this method.

to move HyLyte's suggestion on, I could rig up some kind of set up to have two tiny (lightweight) long shaft outboards set up on either side of the boat at the back of the cockpit.

That way the boat would remain balanced and I could steer using the ordinary rudder. any thought on this?

Pls forgive me if I am sounding a little inexperienced, but that it precisely what I am

This is my first boat, I've been sailing for a number of year but i'm in uncharted territory here!
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