Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central New Jersey, sailing on the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay mostly.
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Re: Thinking of Losing My Inboard
If I can chime, Don't do it. I did do it on a 28 foot fin keel. It worked OK, but there are severe limits to its practicality. It was fine in flat water, not so much in choppy. Although the diesel was nearly 300 lbs, the 120lb outboard hung off the stern left her trimmed down at the stern by a few inches, kept my rudder stuffing box under water, and caused a small drip. Having a decent sized crew member walk to the bow to grab a mooring line would raise the prop enough to basically end forward propulsion. My OB has a 10 amp alternator, next to useless given the limited run time. Not to mention above deck fuel tank and wiring was messy. I was saving for a repower and had an OB hanging around, so it didn't cost much, and it let me use the boat, but as a permanent solution the cons outweigh the pros. On a double ender, I don't see an easy way to install a mount, without an expensive engineering project. And just to start another controversy, I found the Beta 14 to be the least expensive diesel option. IIRC, the rebuild on the 1 cyl Yanmar was $5300, and the Beta was $5700 with a 2 year warranty, or some such.