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01-09-2013 05:52 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Rethinking inboard

Some Cal 28s were made with outboard wells .........Well thank God and Jensen, mine has an inboard!......Dale
01-09-2013 09:36 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

Just wanted to say "ditto."

If you keep your engine clean and fix leaks as they occur, you will not have any noticeable smells from an inboard diesel installation.

The unfortunate fact is that far too many boat owners do NOT keep their engines clean, and do NOT fix small leaks. That is the only reason that you smell diesel on so many sailboats.
01-09-2013 09:03 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

Agree with most here. Diesel is the way to go. Clean up the engine area. Look for leakage of diesel fuel. Make sure the exhaust has no pin holes.

Gas engine prop will always sit higher than a prop under the boat and will be more suseptable to cavitaion easpecially in any kind of even moderate sea state.

Sa is also inherently more dangerous than diesel with fumes also. Given the use of ethanol in gas now, I would recommend strongly the diesel fix.

01-09-2013 08:06 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

The Coronado 25 and 27 have outboard engine wells.

My first boat was a Coronado 25, with a Honda 9.9 4-stroke longshaft installed. I sailed in very choppy weather and NEVER had a problem with cavitation. The boat also backed and handled well.

The Honda 9.9 4-stroke had a huge powerhead though, and I couldn't lock the engine in the full "up" position with the engine's plastic dome installed.
I wouldn't let this deter you though. Other manufacturers' 4-strokes seem to have smaller powerheads and 2-stroke engines are still out there.

I agree-
If you insist on having an outboard-powered boat, I wouldn't go with a transom mounted outboard, I'd look for a boat with an engine well.

However, I also agree that if you had a heavy engine smell, the engine either needed maintenance or fuel was spilled somewhere. Personally, I did have some trepidation about buying an inboard-powered boat, but I'm ok with it because I have excellent access to my engine, so maintenance isn't a terrible chore. Some boats have terrible access to the inboard, which can really sour you on larger boat ownership.

Some examples of good inboard engine access are the Tartan 30, Pearson 30 and certain build numbers of the Catalina 30. In the case of the C-30, so many have been built, and the furniture re-arranged, that engine access is not equal in all C-30's.
01-09-2013 07:50 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

Originally Posted by rbyham View Post
Beyond the Dory are there other boats out there in excess of 25 feet with a built in well?
Pearson 26, great starter boat!
01-09-2013 07:48 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

If you have diesel smell you have a dirty engine.

There is no way I'd go with a outboard over a inboard on any sailboat that is being used as more than a over nighter.
I've ridden quiet a few 24-28 footers with outboards, that well is NOT quiet and usually needs to be open to both cool and provide air.

I've got a buddy with a Bristol 24 - he went through heck finding a motor large enough to push him, small enough to fit.
01-09-2013 06:09 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

Ok, here's one that is sure to flop.

Put in a new Atomic 4 from Moyer Marine! Perfect size for boats in this range, benefits of inboard, no smell.

Really, I'm serious. I hate the smell of diesel and prefer the performance of an inboard.

T27 249
1966 Atomic 4 running lie a top.
01-09-2013 02:04 AM
Re: Rethinking inboard

Nothing beats a diesel inboard. If you smell engine or fuel you have a problem.

Outboards, especially 4 strokes will do for leaving & entering harbour but if you have any distance to go under power they suck big time, especially is there is any sea running. They also use a lot more fossilized liquids.
01-09-2013 12:58 AM
Alex W
Re: Rethinking inboard

A local sailor with a Cape Dory 25 has complained that the well plus having the outboard behind the rudder makes the boat very hard to steer under motor power, especially at low speeds. Another friend with a Columbia 22 that has a well mounted inboard finds the whole thing very loud compared to transom mounted ones.

I had a transom mounted outboard with a 25" long shaft on a Catalina 25 and didn't have problems with prop cavitation even in 3 to 4' waves. I do know that this becomes a problem quickly as the boat gets any longer. I did like being able to steer with the outboard in tight quarters.

An inboard is nicer if you'll be using the boat a lot since it is quieter, has better fuel economy, and is easy to maintain. An outboard is nicer if you are on a tight budget because they are cheap to replace, don't require expensive props to avoid drag while under sail, and don't add a stuffing box and a couple of extra through hulls to the boat.

My Pearson 28-2 has a Yanmar 2GM20F with no smells. Having a diesel inboard doesn't mean that there should be a strong oil or diesel smell.
01-08-2013 10:53 PM
miatapaul Some wells are quite small so cannot accept 4 stroke outboards so you are limited to older outboards.

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