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Old 07-22-2002
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getting a motor for 14''''

I have a 14'' Catalina Omega (open cockpit with no storage) that my family wants to get a motor for because they are concerned we will get stuck without wind one day. Is it smart to get a small trolling motor for such a small boat? I am concerned about capsizing with the motor on, plus what the heck do I do with the motor when we are sailing. The spec sheet for the boat says it will take up to 2HP motor, but in reality is this a good idea? Now I have oars and arms in case we need to move without wind. What''s the call?
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getting a motor for 14''''

HI, how are you?
you want a good ole gas motor, 2 cycle, like a small nissan, stay away from Mercury, i seem to see them in the shop (they only car about the bigger engines!) alot. if you can find an old evinrude or jonson, get that, but sadly, they don;t make the small motors any more I have a six horse evinrude that powers my sailboat, and a 9/10 horse power 1937 elto pal that I restored. the motor should be clamped on well.
I would stay away from a tralling motor, if you run out of battery power your screwed. and chargina hardare ways alot!. just tilt the motor up to store it, keep it on the boat when sailing. when it is stored just carry it away, they are only 28 pounds, only use a trolling motor if you are on small prottected lakes
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