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post #13 of Old 04-03-2019
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Re: Outboard Engines Limit

Had a small cape dory with an outboard in a well. In any kind of sea water would rise in the well above air intake and engine would stop. Couldn’t restart it until dried out.
Would suggest OP look carefully if bailout points are available to him and how far away they are. This is more important than the total length of the trip. Would suggest he examine if the bailout points would require anchoring, picking up moorings or entering slips. Ideally if his engine quits he can sail into a harbor and anchor until he sorts himself out.
Would suggest he attend to his anchoring equipment as well as the engine and have a good VHF in case he gets in to difficulties. He needs to be prepared for the possibility of no engine and no wind requiring a tow or assistance.

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