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slimsloslider 04-12-2013 04:57 PM

Motor in well
Whennot racing how much will leaving motor in well effect sailing? post# 12

Lake Superior Sailor 04-12-2013 05:18 PM

Re: Motor in well
That would really depend on the sailor. ........Dale

dabnis 04-12-2013 05:38 PM

Re: Motor in well
You might try taking GPS speed readings with the motor up and down. We had a Coronado 25 that had a well and couldn't notice any significant differences.

Paul T

chucklesR 04-12-2013 06:36 PM

Re: Motor in well
the rule of thumb is between .5 and .75 kts - again, depends on the size of the propeller.

campuscab 04-14-2013 02:46 AM

I have mine in the well up to a knot and a half but i have an outboard mount also. I like it in the well but pull it up when wanting more speed. I have a 5hp longshaft.

dabnis 04-14-2013 10:08 AM

Re: Motor in well
Nobody has mentioned whether their motor was in or out of gear. We used to take it out of gear and could not really see any difference. That was before GPS and we didn't have a knot meter. As the gears run in oil I doubt if it is harmful to let the prop spin when in neutral.

Paul T

FSMike 04-14-2013 08:56 PM

Re: Motor in well
Once had an old Piver 35' trimaran with a well in the cockpit set off to the side. It had a plug that fitted flush with the hull when I pulled out the outboard. When I did this the boat usually picked up a knot.

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