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I just committed (or should be committed ) to buy my first sailboat. It is a 1976 Chrysler Mutineer and trailer. I think it'll be a great little day-trailer-sailer for me to learn on. Hull is sound, few gelcoat cracks on the forward deck, but all else ok. New lines, stays, sails (and the older ones to boot!) plus the paraphernalia to round out my sailing adventures. Thanks for all the input, guys and gals. It has really helped me... now if one of you could just drive over and show me what I will be doing wrong...)... oh, wait.... that is my wife's job. The previous owner (there were three) has sailed for years and can't now, so all in all I feel good about this.

I do have another question, tho... the boat weighs just over 400lbs and i want to put a small outboard on it. I figure about a 4HP-6HP wil be about right... not too heavy either. I mostly want to get it for dead air and docking (for now). Does that sound about right? I have been looking at used ones, but for a few hundered dollars I can get a newer smaller one... That still will put me paying more for the motor that I paid for the boat...
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Re: Made the plunge

I think 3.5 or 4 horse would be plenty unless you expect to be motoring in significant chop or breeze on a regular basis.

Under 3 hp you generally don't get a gearbox (ie motor is in gear when running).. 3.5s generally at least have an neutral, 4s and up may have full fwd/reverse/neutral capability.
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Re: Made the plunge

Great boat! Congratulations! They're practically indestructible. My first job was at a yard that rented them and it's the first boat that I soloed in (at 14). You'll love it, they sail nicely.

I'm not really sure about how you're using the boat, but it's a great boat without an engine. We would pick up moorings (solo) and move the boat all over the marina without an engine. The confidence gained from learning by sail alone can be immense. If a 14 year old kid can do it, so can anyone. We didn't have anchors in our boats, but a small kedge with be helpful, stowed in the cubby with a rode.

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Re: Made the plunge

Really, look into a group 31 Battey (80 bucks) and a 40 or so pound thrust trolling motor.

Dig into my blog at Journey in Patience: What makes my Dinghy go (part 3)

and you'll see that for what you want that will do - and be much less expensive.

Seriously, I've used my 2.5 hp to push a 2500 pound Catalina 22. A trolling motor like I have will give you 40 minutes at full thrust.
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Re: Made the plunge

+1 on the trolling motor idea......much more reliable, quieter, and easier to handle than an outboard and gas tank.
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Re: Made the plunge

I run a 9.9 on my cat 22 and my cal25. all you need is moiton if all is for docking or dead air a 4.0 will do fine.
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Re: Made the plunge

I'm amazed at how light the boat is. 400-pounds just seems incredibly light. But, if this is the actual weight, any electric trolling motor will do the job. In fact, I just looked up the boat and the weight is only 410 pounds. Take a look at

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Re: Made the plunge

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Really, look into a group 31 Battey (80 bucks) and a 40 or so pound thrust trolling motor.

Dig into my blog at Journey in Patience: What makes my Dinghy go (part 3)

and you'll see that for what you want that will do - and be much less expensive.
And probably a lot easier as far as maintenance. Or you could do a paddle.

I've got a 7-800 lb boat with a 6 hp motor and it's plenty. Remember, the lighter the boat the more important it is to distribute weight properly.

Develop a weather eye so you can predict when the wind isn't going to be dependable and you'll find you won't need a trolling motor.
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