Tartan 27' owner
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Many older sailboats had Atomic 4 gasoline engines in them. If we knew the year and model of your 27' sailboat we might be able to figure out if this was the case. In any event it is likely it had an Atomic 4 at one point.
A ~ 3HP electric motor pushing a 5000 - 7000# boat (again, it depends on the make and model) will work to a point but be nearly useless if wind and waves kick up.
In my not so humble opinion, installing a re-built Atomic 4 would be the cheapest and most cost effective way to get you propulsion that you could use even in a blow. Used Atomic 4's are often listed on Craigslist and other places for around $1K - usually in working condition. Of course, buying a used engine is only half the battle as the installation process is not like flipping a switch.
I wont advocate using an outboard on a boat with an overhang even though it might be easier to install.
It would really help the brain trust here, such as it is, if we knew what Make/Model and year 27' sailboat you have.
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