Didn't want to hijack the "Theft proof you dinghy" thread so I've started this one, though they are similar.
After many years of rowing a home built dink to the boat, she's out in Milford harbor on a floating dock mooring, I've finally broken down and bought a Bombard inflatable and a 5hp Mariner outboard. The plan is to be able to deflate the dink, stow it in a lazerette, then stow the outboard while we sail Long Island sound this summer. My question is this, where does everyone stow their outboards?
The boat is a 26 foot Seafarer and has a stern swim ladder in the middle of the pushpit. I "think" the pushpit would be strong enough to hang the motor on but it does weigh 45lbs. Lot's of added weight. I suppose I could fabricate or
"buy" a bracket to bolt to the stern, but I'm notoriously cheap. (see above, home built dink, rowed for many years) instead of hanging it on the SS pushpit. I might also be able to fit it into one of the lazerettes but I need to fabricate something to hang it on, don't want it flopping around in there! The last option I see is to put it inside, under one of the quarterberths but who likes the smell of gasoline? Even run drive, I never seem to get all of the gas out of it!
For short trips, I can forsee dragging the dink, inflated, with the motor still mounted (and securly locked) to the dinghy but ther will be times I'd want to get it out and stowed.
So . . . I'm interested to hear from some of the outboard driven dinghy owners. How/where do you stow your outboard aboard the mother ship?