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We have decided to go engine-less
I believe your engine will give satisfactory service without an overhaul. Diesels last 5000 hours with proper maintenance and fresh water cooling. The cutlass bearing can be checked by just grabbing hold of the propeller and moving it back and forth to see if there is any play in the bearing. A little is good, but if the rubber has disintegrated you will certainly notice it. A monel or bronze shaft will make for long lasting cutlass bearing. Stainless steel can have crevice corrosion and that can destroy a cutlass bearing very quickly. I would store the engine just in case you change your mind. If you want to go without an inboard engine, then there are slip lines, turning under lines and spring lines to help you on docking, but read and practice a lot. It requires a lot of thinking though, working out things ahead of time. Better have the best ground tackle suitable for your boat and several anchors. Mooring and anchoring should be relatively easy. Docking would be more exciting. Are you thinking of a hard of soft dinghy? Do you have room for a hard dinghy on deck? You might have to go with a nesting dinghy. If you get an outboard for the dinghy, get two propellers, one for planing the dinghy, and the other for towing the sailboat. If you go with one propeller for towing the sailboat, be very careful not to run the engine beyond its RPM rating or you could destroy the engine. Best to swap propellers.
Last edited by LakeSuperiorGeezer; 03-02-2011 at 12:03 PM.