Originally Posted by New2this
Is there a way, if I was to buy a decent outboard motor, that I could use it on both the dinghy AND the large boat?
An outboard for a sailboat would ideally have a long shaft, too long for use on a dinghy. If you try to use a short shaft outboard on most sailboats, your prop will be out of the water more than in, especially in chop. Our first boat had a short shaft and after replacing it with a long shaft I wondered how we put up with the other for so long.