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Re: Do you have an outboard for back up propulsion?

I once lashed a Honda 2hp to the swim ladder on a Catalina 270, ladder was held horizontal by lines, at WOT the boat actually got up to 3 kts. EVENTUALLY. It was very slow to start moving, March, middle of the night, pouring rain and I only had to move 1/4 mile. It was dead still and calm with no current, just cascades of rain and dark.
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Re: Do you have an outboard for back up propulsion?

Our little Honda 4s 2hp pushed the boat better than I ever thought it would (A-30). I could make a couple of knots (I dunno, 2-4 maybe?) in a headwind of 15 knots or so (on the Bay, including wakes and chop).

It was more than enough for a backup (of which we had none, other than sails). Some sort of side mounted swing arm set up ala' Yves Gelinas could work? It'd be easy to design for such a light motor. I could design one for you if you were interested.
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Re: Do you have an outboard for back up propulsion?

Well it's something to think on Jim. It's a mariner long shaft too. It's heavy but not impossibly so. I, with help, certainly could move the mount lower and beef up the transom on the inside.
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Re: Do you have an outboard for back up propulsion?

We hip towed our Gemini using a 2.5hp a couple times (had fuel pump issues). It worked in flat water with no wind but didn't do diddly to even hold the bow into the wind during a blow. Gemini's weigh it at 10k pounds or less and have very little wetted surface but lots of windage.

I've got a 5hp outboard for the dinghy - I don't think it would do diddly squat to push my 20k pound Irwin around.

One thing I will say, light outboards on dinghies are useless to tow - you need to do a hip tow/push to control it.
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Re: Do you have an outboard for back up propulsion?

on mine, i use a unique concept---
sails.

other wise i has oars or kayak paddles which do n0t propel a formosa 41.....

nor do i worry about returning to the same place, or to a dock, as i go away when i leave....i can vary my next location for the needs of my boat.
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