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Topic Review (Newest First)
10-11-2011 08:27 AM
vistastang Thank you all for your excellent input. I will post what I end up with.
10-08-2011 09:20 AM
T37Chef Vista,

Try the Pennysaver in your area, you can usually find something.

I know your on a tight budget, but a good reliable engine is as much a safety thing as a convenience. As you may know, weather can come up quick on the bay

A couple of other places might you consider calling, Florida Boat Repair off Mountain Road and Shamrock Marine.

A Tohatsu 9.8 hp is a great motor and are reasonably priced new at around $1700 =/-, try Discount Marine and Boat Supplies - Inflatable Sales - Defender or this link 9.8 HP 4-Stroke The 8HP & 9.8HP are the same engine, weight, etc, just higher RPM's so it would only make sense to get the 9.8.
10-08-2011 05:22 AM
Flybyknight PM Sent
10-07-2011 02:20 PM
INMA Consider going new and smaller, reliability is just as important as thrust.

A modern 6hp Tohatsu with high thrust propeller is preferred to an unreliable old 10hp.

Make sure whatever you buy fits in the well and if the well is designed to tilt the outboard make sure it fits. Some of the new outboards have bigger propellers which limit the room inside the well for tilt.

At least a new 6hp should fit in the well without clearance issues.

I agree with others a 10hp with electric start is a good thing, make sure it fits before buying.
10-07-2011 12:41 PM
dabnis Vista,

I saw your pictures on the Coronado 25 users group. The outboard on the transom looks really big and heavy. If you decide to re-use it without having to try to put it into the well you might want to build a rough template out of a cardboard box or something to see if it even fits in the well? IIRC, the motor mount plate in the well was about 10" high and about 12" wide. Perhaps someone here or on the users group could send you some pictures. Our motor was a mid -70's Evinrude 15HP long shaft, same size as the 9.9, two stroke and it just fit and would tip up. Bubblehead, on this forum has, or had a Coronado 25, perhaps he could help you? If you get another motor I suggest you get a long shaft motor. Even with our long shaft motor in really rough conditions the prop would "slip" a little once in a while, nothing serious, but with a short shaft I think it would have been a lot worse. Let us know how it all turns out.

Dabnis
10-06-2011 03:58 PM
vistastang Thank you so much!
10-06-2011 03:56 PM
dabnis
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Originally Posted by vistastang View Post
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.

Dabnis
10-06-2011 03:48 PM
vistastang Of course you did.....
10-06-2011 02:58 PM
dabnis
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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.
10-06-2011 02:58 PM
vistastang
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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.

Dabnis
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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