Join Date: May 2007
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Rep Power: 9
I used a 9.9 on my old Grampian 26, which had a nice transom cutout to accommodate the outboard. When underway, I never touched the tiller. When docking, having unimpaired access to the tiller with throttle made maneuvering a piece of cake. I usually docked stern in, because all I had to do was spin the boat around and get the stern pointed in the general direction of the slip.
From that point on, I'd have the boat's tiller in my left hand and the motor tiller in my right, and I turned them in the same direction as if they were linked. All I had to do was point the propeller in the direction I wanted to go and apply power. Ridiculously easy. I got positive comments on my amazing docking ability.
BUT....as I moved up to a 31 footer with an inboard, I had to join the real world, where props are in a fixed position, and turning is done with the tiller or wheel, "prop walk", and the action of wind and current.
Point is, having your outboard in a fixed position on your stern is no different than what all the guys with inboards are experiencing. In fact, you still have an advantage in that your boat is often smaller relative to the size of the slip or waterway, and you can easily fend off a 22 footer.
Bottom line is, just put the motor on the transom and lock it in place, and make sure the throttle is easily accessible while you have a hand on the boat's tiller. As others have suggested, your 9.9 is a little large for you boat. A six would be fine, but would probably only save you 30 pounds or so. Sometimes you just go with what you've got.