Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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With an outboard a Catalina 27 is not as suitable for offshore in my and others' opinions. I have 2 neighbors with Cat 27's. One with a diesel and it is a solid coastal cruiser, no cutout in the transom, no volatile fuel to mess with and store, and almost twice the miles/gallon as with an outboard as diesels are more efficient. I can't imagine either leaving an outboard mounted on the transom cutout or fighting with removal/replacement in any but calm water. If it is removed you also have to store it safely somewhere. In any sloppy sea the outboard is not efficient, the prop leaving the water some of the time. The other neighbor suffers with the outboard and its issues. For daysailing it works, but not for offshore.
There are circumstances when an engine can be needed NOW, not after you remove it from storage and install it.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour