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Outboard on Pearson 28-1?

Have any Pearson 28-1 owners made this conversion when their diesels died? It would seem complicated based on the facts that the transom hangs more than six inches off the water and the reach down to the bottom of the transom from the cockpit is fairly long, and in addition the rudder/rudder post hangs right at the end. Might have to do it so looking for others' experience. Also, does anyone know what happened to the Pearson 28 yahoo group? It seems to have disappeared. Thanks!
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Re: Outboard on Pearson 28-1?

Just thought I'd close the loop on this for anyone else considering the conversion. I mounted a Garelick 2-stroke mount rated for 100 or so pounds or a 20 hp 2-stroke outboard because it was significantly cheaper than a 4-stroke labelled version. I had two 1/8" steel plates cut with an inch extra around the mount flange, which I then rolled by smashing a log of buttonwood down in the middle of the plates until they fit the curve of my transom. Tacked it up with 4200 around the seams and holes, using 3/8" 316 fasteners from West Marine. I placed it right above the bottom of the transom on the centerline of the boat. It supports a 6hp Tohatsu sailpro, which moves my boat at 5 knots or a little less while towing a 10' Avon Rover in a dead calm. I have 1500 miles and three months on this installation (though only about 70 hours, pretty much all on the Chesapeake and Dismal Swamp), and it all looks good after my cruise from Marathon to the Bahamas, through the Bahamas, north to Charleston, up the Pamlico and Dismal Swamp, and back home to Severna Park. The motor rips out in anything over about 2 feet, but the Sailpro has a rev limiter, the rip out will cause the outboard to spin on the bracket though. Starting and steering the outboard is easy, though I lose some visibility forward when docking the boat, but this is more than made up for by the fact that I now have a sweet stern thruster.
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