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Re: Columbia 26 MKII
The well should have a lip on it that the outboard clamps to using its normal transom clamps. When you put it back in the well, stick a small garden tractor inner tube around the OB leg, fit it around the well sides, and inflate it once the OB is mounted. This will stop any water from splashing up.
For some reasons, many people didn't like the OB in the well. Also, if the boat was raced, there was a plug for the well, and the transom OB could be raised out of the water.
I liked the OB in the well. It is positioned in front of the rudder there, so makes steering very responsive. It is easy to work on, doesn't ventilate, easy to start and stop and control the throttle, etc. We built a sound-insulated box over ours with a front hinged panel for access to pull cord and choke. The box kept it quiet and provided a small platform space.
Manta 40 Catamaran "Reach"
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