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04-27-2013 06:40 PM
Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

I recently lost my forward gear (burnt/warped friction plates) while in the bahamas....luckily near spanish wells....reverse still works fine...after much thought...I was thinking about your idea but I only have a 2.5hp so that was out of the question...the problem was solved by ordering a reverse pitched prop (Left hand Instead of right hand) so now reverse is forward....hopefully getting me back to the states where a rebuild is not so expensive...the hip tie with the dink got me down the channel and to a dock where the props were switched out...I had my doubts of a 2.5 pushing 8000lbs of a 27ft sailboat...but it did the trick and now back on anchor waiting for weather to go home....
04-27-2013 06:00 PM
Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

Don't forget, you have sails for a backup. Not to mention your anchor.
04-27-2013 04:34 PM
Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

Another vote for the hip tow.

Try it out one day, you will be surprised how well even 4 hp can push 30 feet along.

But and it is a BIG BUT don't expect it to stop you in a hurry, reverse will not have much effect. Ask me how I know this.
04-26-2013 11:03 PM
Re: Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

^^^^^ THAT is how to deal with an unreliable inboard- make it reliable.
It really is simple.
04-26-2013 10:52 PM
Outboard rig in case of inboard engine failure

Update: I did as suggested and learned about the A4 and replaced parts that were due for replacement and got plenty of spares. Then sailed her down to the Bahamas with some days motoring in the ICW and no problemo at all. Great engine!! My friends with their diesel who did this trip weren't that lucky...
01-19-2012 01:22 PM
lans0012 I didn't mean that all of the things had to be done, but is there a certain problem that keeps you up at night or makes you cross your fingers when you turn the key?

On my boat which is smaller I really don't see myself hanging off the stern to pull the cord and shift to forward. An electric start motor might help though.

I realize the spirit of the question was how can I do this easily and cheaply and, trust me I've pondered the same thing.
01-19-2012 12:29 PM
tommays If his A4 runs BUT is not reliable it can be repaired with a carb/fuel pump kit and decent electric connections to the motor as the motor is simpler than the average lawn tractor
01-19-2012 09:21 AM
Just a thought

I considered something like this on my Cal 27 just in case because I carry a 6hp for my dinghy. However, if the engine fails then you can always sail.

In the event you can't sail because you are in a channel or something and trying to buck through chop and headwinds think about how you are going to reach down and lift that heavy thing down to the water, somehow contort your body enough to pull the cord the numerous times it would take and then adjusting throttle...etc all the while you are in chop or current.

If a current is pushing you towards rocks or a bridge, would you have time to even get it moving? And what is a 4 or 6hp really going to get you on the tartan 34? Maybe 3 kts or less with the outboard popping in and out of the water in the chop.

Maybe instead of taking the time and energy and money of mounting an outboard, you could put in a new carborator, water pump, starter, ignitinon, plugs, exhaust, fuel lines, dual filters, upgrade batteries, or whatever it is about the motor that keeps you up at night, and really get that motor back to reliable condition.

Just my .02.
01-17-2012 10:16 PM
sawingknots even the most reliable engine can fail unexpectedly [murphys law] and ofcoarse it will be at the absolute worse possible time,its amazing how fast a 3-4 knot tide can push you toward a drawbridge etc
01-16-2012 09:37 AM
marianclaire If the A-4 is not trustworthy I would go here. Moyer Marine Atomic 4 Community - Home of the Afourians - Powered by vBulletin. Dan S/V Marian Claire 1965 A-4 with thousands of miles.
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