agreed.. a well does make it hard to "pop up" an outboard.. why not just hang it off the stern on an adjustable mount?
Also, while there is a huge price difference in working engined centaurs and non.. can you repower it yourself? when you go to sell, you can make most if not all of it back
I have played the outboard on the stern game on three boats now
we get these nasty short chops around our coasts and outboards on sterns spend some time stirring air just when you need it
if you look at the cockpit on the images it is a long walk from the tiller to the stern of the boat
so that means possibly remote controls and maybe electric start.
you also need one heck of a good sized mount to take a big outboard
one chap I spoke to said that the outb oard was fine for pushing his 27 foot sabre along - but he had to make a bracket tough enough to take it. he also had to cut a notch out of the stern to get to the controls.
as for resale value - if I buy a decent boat for 8 to 10,000 I would have to borrow the money as I am keeping Katie L for the Irish Sea and the Scottish West Coast' She is ideal for single handing
I could sell a good Centaur at the end butt it is going to get two winters and a summer of hard sailing - so it will depreciate - I could lose £2,000 on the value of the boat fairly easily
- this summer is a one off - after this my wife and kids will not want to sail with me
- my dad always told me not to borrow money for sailing
finally - to be able to film and appreciate scotland will mean staying in scottish harbours
they have unbelievably rough walls
again not somewhere I want to park my nice boat
I will not be that bothered about a few extra scratches on a £1500 centaur - it would break my heart to do the same to Katie L
so it is a well or nowt
with the well option I have much less skin in the game - £2,500 - as opposed to £8,000
the great unknown is whether eight inches is enough
any snaps or URLs of wells will be gratefully received and minutely scrutinised