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Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

^^^^^ THAT is how to deal with an unreliable inboard- make it reliable.
It really is simple.

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Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

Another vote for the hip tow.

Try it out one day, you will be surprised how well even 4 hp can push 30 feet along.

But and it is a BIG BUT don't expect it to stop you in a hurry, reverse will not have much effect. Ask me how I know this.
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Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

Don't forget, you have sails for a backup. Not to mention your anchor.
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Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

I recently lost my forward gear (burnt/warped friction plates) while in the bahamas....luckily near spanish wells....reverse still works fine...after much thought...I was thinking about your idea but I only have a 2.5hp so that was out of the question...the problem was solved by ordering a reverse pitched prop (Left hand Instead of right hand) so now reverse is forward....hopefully getting me back to the states where a rebuild is not so expensive...the hip tie with the dink got me down the channel and to a dock where the props were switched out...I had my doubts of a 2.5 pushing 8000lbs of a 27ft sailboat...but it did the trick and now back on anchor waiting for weather to go home....
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