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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

SchockT just reminded me of an issue I encountered. With an outboard bracket, you could leave the outboard centered, and steer with the tiller, and not have the rudder hit the prop. This is very convenient.

Without the outboard bracket, the prop would have hit the rudder, unless the outboard and rudder were always rotated together. Not convenient.

I suggest checking this, when deciding whether or not to have the bracket.
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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

Had a look at the motors 'in the flesh' today.
Because the transom on the dinghy is 510 mm it looks like a long shaft would be a better fit, as typically short is for 435 mm and long is for 562.
transom thickness is a bit of challenge at 50 mm (I did say it is solid!) most of the outboard brackets look to be about 60mm. leaving no room for a packer to protect the wood.
three choices I saw today: (NZD)
Tohatsu 2 stroke 3.5 HP $1168 13 kg
Tohatsu 2 stroke 4 HP $1773 20 kg (does have F/R and a nice twist throttle!)
Yamaha 4 stroke 4 HP $1500 27 kg (2nd hand but immaculate!)

I am sensing most would steer me towards the Tohatsu 3.5?
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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

Yes I certainly would. You're lucky you can get a 2 stroke, here it is 4 stroke only and the Tohatsu 3.5 4 stroke weighs 19kg!
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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

Outboard installation on my Wayfarer :

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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

Does the Tohatsu 3.5 have reverse? The older ones only had neutral, and to reverse you had to spin the motor around. Not a big deal, as long as the prop clears the transom!
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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

no, reverse is for 4 HP up. the 3.5 has either no gear- i.e. on when you start it, or N-F
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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

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With an outboard bracket, you could leave the outboard centered, and steer with the tiller, and not have the rudder hit the prop. This is very convenient.

Without the outboard bracket, the prop would have hit the rudder, unless the outboard and rudder were always rotated together. Not convenient.

I suggest checking this, when deciding whether or not to have the bracket.
yes good point, along with the thick transom, it may be useful, but the look of the thing and sending the weight aft isn't so great... decisions...decisions
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Yes I certainly would. You're lucky you can get a 2 stroke, here it is 4 stroke only
weird in clean green NZ isn't it?
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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

looks quite tidy- I suspect the transom to keel is a bit shorter than my Captain's Gig ? (510 mm)
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