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Re: Mounting Outboard Bracket
I'd side with the choir here. The Fisher is a motorsailor? OK, that's already got two engines, one set on the masts, the other set below deck. That should be enough. Three engines counts as slightly beyond borderline paranoia for one small boat, unless you are planning to go someplace terribly dangerous on a regular basis. (In which case, wrong boat.)
So rather than screw up the boat, because putting 100# outboard of the transom will hurt the balance and motion, and investing all the time and money for something you should never need, I'd buy a good VHF, a good prepaid cell phone, a good anchor, and a five year subscription to a towing service. Also, a case of wine or rum so I could drop anchor, sit back, and wait for the tow in comfort.
You'll spend more money and have a better time.
If I can't trust an inboard engine, I don't want it on the boat. They're hot, noisy, smelly, noisy, and take up gobs of space. If they won't perform on command...line 'em up and make 'em walk the plank. And if they won't walk, hell, shoot 'em. There's no excuse for a lazy inboard engine.