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I apologize if this thread is in the wrong place. As the title describes I am looking for an outboard motor to use on my newly acquired 1969 Coronado. I live in Pasadena MD. I looked at the classifieds but they date back to 2003 so I'm not really sure how reliable the ads are. I am on a budget of course or I'd be looking at new motors. The Coronado has a "engine well" that would accept a short shaft and it also has a transom mount that requires a long shaft. I have a Wards 7hp Sea King motor to sell or trade but it doesn't have reverse so it wouldn't work for me. Looking for a reliable later model engine. Thank you.

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I apologize if this thread is in the wrong place. As the title describes I am looking for an outboard motor to use on my newly acquired 1969 Coronado. I live in Pasadena MD. I looked at the classifieds but they date back to 2003 so I'm not really sure how reliable the ads are. I am on a budget of course or I'd be looking at new motors. The Coronado has a "engine well" that would accept a short shaft and it also has a transom mount that requires a long shaft. I have a Wards 7hp Sea King motor to sell or trade but it doesn't have reverse so it wouldn't work for me. Looking for a reliable later model engine. Thank you.
Craigslist, ebay?
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Tried them both. Either they were too expensive or too old. Thanks though.
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Your trying to buy what everybody wants and is not likely to sell if it is in good condition

Mostly they dont get cared for till they break and about that tiime saltwater has done its thing making the taking apart and ordeal
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Tried them both. Either they were too expensive or too old. Thanks though.
We had a Coronado 25 on San Francisco bay. Started with a 6HP which was OK for calm waters but at times marginal for inside and outside the bay. Went to a 15HP and it was plenty. Probably a 9.9HP would have been OK.
Suggest you go for a long shaft and stay with the well. Have seen a number of good looking motors on our local Craigslist. If I was to do it over I would get an electric start motor. good luck in your search.

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Really an electric motor? You know your are the 2nd person who suggested that. Could you elaborate a bit more? Why would you go electric? At most I will have only two batteries and how far could that take me! Would you carry a generator for re-charging the batteries? I'm assuming you mean like a trolling type motor and if so if it were you appx what size would you be looking for? I should read more carefully. I see you said "Start" motor. Are you referring to a starter motor as used to start a car engine?

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We had a Coronado 25 on San Francisco bay. Started with a 6HP which was OK for calm waters but at times marginal for inside and outside the bay. Went to a 15HP and it was plenty. Probably a 9.9HP would have been OK.
Suggest you go for a long shaft and stay with the well. Have seen a number of good looking motors on our local Craigslist. If I was to do it over I would get an electric start motor. good luck in your search.

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What did you think of your Coronado? 15hp really, I thought it was limited to 10hp? You wouldn't happen to have any pictures of the engine well lying would you? I have to rebuild the engine mount as mine has rotted away.
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Really an electric motor? You know your are the 2nd person who suggested that. Could you elaborate a bit more? Why would you go electric? At most I will have only two batteries and how far could that take me! Would you carry a generator for re-charging the batteries? I'm assuming you mean like a trolling type motor and if so if it were you appx what size would you be looking for? I should read more carefully. I see you said "Start" motor. Are you referring to a starter motor as used to start a car engine?
Electric start, turn the key instead of pulling the cord. Not an electric propulsion motor.
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What did you think of your Coronado? 15hp really, I thought it was limited to 10hp? You wouldn't happen to have any pictures of the engine well lying would you? I have to rebuild the engine mount as mine has rotted away.
We enjoyed it for 10 years in and out of the Bay. It appeared to be fairly well built and we never had any structural or rigging problems although we didn't race it and tried not to beat it to death. I wasn't aware of the 10HP limit. The 15 was the same physical size and weight as the 9.9 so we went with it. Most of the time we ran it about 3/4 throttle as at full throttle it seemed to just bury the stern a little more. Not sure if it was faster, it was before GPS and we didn't have any instruments. In any event, when things get really nasty and you are trying to get home, power (thrust) is good. We ran a prop with about an inch less pitch than the stock prop and it worked well. Here is one user group that may give you some info on the well:

Coronado25 : Coronado 25 Yachts

I think there used to be a Coronado 25 users group here on Sailnet but I can't find it. Good luck on your well re-build. The well has to be light years ahead of the transom mount.

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