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Auxiliary Outboard for Bristol 27

Does anyone have any experience with mounting an auxiliary outboard to the transom of a Bristol 27 or would otherwise know why it couldn’t or shouldn’t be done? If it can be done, are there any suggestions for an outboard horsepower rating?

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A few arguments against using an outboard as an auxiliary on a boat not designed for it.

1) The prop may not be deep enough in the water to prevent it from coming out of the water, especially in heavy weather, where using an auxiliary may be critical

2) The outboard will add significant weight to the stern of the boat

3) Controlling the outboard may be difficult, especially if it is mounted in a way to leave it low enough in the water to work properly.
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