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Re: Backup Motor & Dinghy Motor? CS27 & SiB
What use is intended for the dinghy? If it's just back and forth to shore from anchor or mooring, then a small lightweight motor is going to be a lot nicer to work with.( and less costly).. OTOH if you intend to use it for longer runs to a supply point, lots of fishing, then a faster setup might be desirable.
Probably the most effective way to use whichever as a 'backup' would be to tie the dinghy securely to one quarter of the CS, and 'push tow' that way. Often referred to as hip towing. I recently helped move a CS 27 35 NM in this fashion,unfortunately on a calm day (otherwise we could have sailed her) but we did have a small RIB and a larger motor - making 4-4.5 knts this way. A 2-3 HP motor would have been slower, of course, but may well still have gotten us there.
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