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New Motor for Seafarer 31

Just purchased a seafarer 31 and was told the previous owner used a tohatsu 9.9hp dropped down through the stern lazarette. Anybody know anything about the Instalift? Is there a kit I need, do I get a short or length outboard?

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Seafarer 31 motor

Here is a link to the Seafarer Manual. Doesn;t say much about the InstaLift, but does mention to use a short shaft motor. I have a Seafarer 31 with the lazarette, but it has an inboard diesel. The lazarette has a piece of wood bolted to the front edge of the opening where the doors are, but it looks like it was just added in place of any lift mechanism.

http://home.comcast.net/~ker-plunk/seafarermanual.pdf
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Thanks, that PDF will be handy. I think i'm just going to instal another tohatsu 9.9 in there. I'm a little worried she'll be underpowered in strong winds when approaching a dock (especially an unfamiliar one) but I'll just have to avoid that.
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My S29 came with a 9.9 Yamaha 4-stroke. The previous owner used her on a lake. I've found that the 9.9 is underpowered in a coastal area especially with a lot of current.

Just purchased a 20hp Yamaha w/remote control and will install in the next week or so. I've also changed the prop to a lower pitch as recommended by Yamaha for heavier boats.

The Yamaha 20 hp motor is a little heavier than the 9.9, but probably not as heavy as the 25 hp 2-stroke motor originally installed. I am concerned about the overall length of the shaft fitting in through the door opening when raised, but I'm willing to make a modification to the stern if necessary in order to gain the needed horse power.
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Well, we dropped in the 9.9 this weekend and I found it to have plenty of power. It was blowing 10-15knts (not sure of the current) and I felt very secure maneuvering around, I had to stay light on the throttle. I appreciate all the opinions, maybe Ill find in a couple of years I'll want to up the HP.
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Are you using the 2-stroke or 4-stroke 9.9 or the 2-stroke or 4-stroke 9.8? The reason I ask is that the 9.9's can be easily converted to a 15.
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