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Jbradac 07-30-2011 07:53 AM

adding outboard to Cal2-29
i'm preparing to add an outboard to a Cal 2-29 and looking for information about reinforcing the transom. Plan to attach a Garelick mount and a 15hp 4 stroke.

sailingfool 07-30-2011 10:04 AM

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Bad idea, especially if the boat has an inboard. That sounds like an awful amount of weight to add off the stern of that boat. The hits against this configuration include:
1. unbalancing the boat
2. loss of prop wash control
3. prop popping out of rough water

If this boat has an inboard, I would expect that when you go to sell it, any buyer will still hit you with the cost of an inboard replacement, the outboard being lost money and junked

Jbradac 07-30-2011 10:30 AM

Thanks for the response Sailingfool. The inboard is shot, so it's been removed. Replacing the inboard would cost more than the boat is worth. So it's an inboard or nada. I don't believe 120lbs at the stern should be a problem.

cal30 08-01-2011 04:32 PM

outboard, no problem
Howzit Jbradac,
We put a 9.9 honda 4 stroke longshaft (75 lbs)on our Cal27. Works like a charm. Original inboard was removed by previous owner. We used 1/2 inch ply to reinforce the transom and got the top-line Garrelick (eezy lift spring loaded model). In addition to that, we added 100# of sandbags in various holds to make up for the weight difference of the inboard. Made the boat a better, stiffer sailor and just as fast. I'd use a 15hp for the 29, as the displacement is about 3000# more than the 27. I'll look for a pic and post later. Good luck.
p.s.- we just moved up to a 1979 CAL2/29 with a Faryman 12hp. 2 weeks in we're loving it. Much more boat and plenty headroom.

cal30 08-01-2011 04:40 PM

our 2/29
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Here' a couple shots of our 2/29.

cal30 08-01-2011 07:23 PM

outboard set up
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Here's a couple pics of the mount and engine.

systemek 08-14-2011 09:10 PM

Just did the same
We just put an auxiliary mount on our Cal 29 for a 15HP Johnson. It did the job to get us out of a pinch when the main Atomic 4 decided to quit (as it has been known to do). Mounted a bracket from a Catalina 27 in the center of the transom with a backing plate. It has been a comforting addition, but as mentioned in a previous post, cavitation in choppy seas is definitely a concern. Best of luck.

Calsailor628 05-11-2013 09:43 PM

Re: adding outboard to Cal2-29
I know this thread is old, but I put an outboard on a cal 2-29 and love it. I used the yamaha 9.9 high thrust 4 stroke. I do a little over 6 knots wide open and have reverse stopping power similar to an A-4 w a clean folding prop. My method was to cut the transom like the old cal 25's were done. I have to do some rebuilding of the transom, but it works great and the boat sits a couple inches higher in the back then it did when it had the ferryman diesel in it. I agree you probably won't save money by putting an outboard and it won't push you through a gale, but it sure is nice to kick the engine up and feel it take off when under sail.

blackbeard10 09-18-2014 10:56 AM

Re: adding outboard to Cal2-29
I agree. Better than no power.

Mr. Chef 05-08-2015 08:05 AM

Re: adding outboard to Cal2-29
O'Day 28 water in the bottom cylinder. removed motor and am assessing it. Meanwhile, want to do exactly what these gents are doing. Transom mount a 9.9-15hp outboard that can tilt or fold up or be lifted when not in use. Wondering about wiring to charge batteries, electric start, and remote throttle placement. Where do I go to find out how to do that? I am a good sailor, but not so hot with electric wiring and motors.

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