Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Portland, OR
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Re: Outboard Engines Limit
Our prior boat was a Niagara 26 with a 10 hp four stroke OB. 25" leg. Mounted on a factory transom cut out, and the prop never over-reved due to pitching in a decade. Trick is to have a boat actually designed from the git-go for an OB. Most boats are not -- you can tell by the bracket mounted on their transom.
We once transited the WA coast and were under way for 46 hours continuous. We used several fuel tanks, and just plugged in a full one when the motor died.... there was no wind to help us on that particular weekend. Burn rate was a half gallon per hour @ 6 kts.
We used a hand cranked fuel transfer pump, but nowadays everyone uses a "rattle syphon". No spillage that way.
Our first engine was a Honda 10, and then we moved up to a Yamaha Hi-thrust 10 (3 to 1 gear ratio).
Happy motoring, and sailing!
1988 Olson 34, by Ericson Yachts.
Sail # 28400
Betamarine 25 (new 2018)
RCYC, Portland, Oregon