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Outboard for Cruising

I've decided to bring back a Alberg 30 to life from the depts of despair. I plan on doing extensive cruising but sadly money is tight so I'm looking to find a project boat and work on it over the next 2 years. The boats in this range have either no engine or the engine needs replacement. So I'm thinking of converting the lazarette into an outboard well and removing the old Atomic 4 engine. Assuming all goes well what does everyone think of cruising with an outboard?
I'll be going with a long-shaft 9.9 hp Nissan or something similar with a reserve tankage of 4 x 3 galon cans. I know I won't be getting the same range as an inboard diesel but given the shoe string budget and wanting to keep the engine as simple as possible is this a viable solution for long-term voyaging?
My thinking is that with good routing/planning I'd keep motoring to a minimum and sail most of the time whenever I can. And money and space for the existing engine can be used for better purposes.

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Re: Outboard for Cruising

6gal tanks are just a bit more $s than 3gal
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

An Alberg 30 is a lot of boat for 9.9 hp outboard.

The lazarette is aft of the rudder, so control under power isn't going to great.

Why not a smaller boat that already has an outboard well designed in?
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

agree but sadly the Lazarette will only first 3 Gal size tanks. (at least based on the current design i'm thinking of)
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

thanks arbc
In Terms of maneuverability, the outboard well design allow the engine to be rotated for 90 degrees of thrust in whichever direction. This renders the boat much more maneuverable compared to the inboard which is a pain to back up.
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

Fair enough, my brother has an Alberg 22, and it has the same arrangement. Outboard well aft of the rudder, outboard can rotate like you describe. It works on the 22. He uses a Honda 5 hp on that boat, which is 3500 lbs.
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

Ten hp should be adequate. I know of a Triton that does well with an 8 hp, and it's only about 600 lbs less than the Alberg 30.

After the A4 is removed there will be plenty of space to install a 12 gal tank, or even larger. It has to be installed to meet ABYC specs. They don't appear too cumbersome. By the time you buy 4 tanks and the necessary fittings, you could probably buy a permanently installed 12 gal tank for not much more.
You can get some guidance at this link. https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvis...tion-Checklist

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Re: Outboard for Cruising

You can fit a lot of rum and canned goods into that old engine space.
Plan it so goods are secure.
I would have zero gas stored inside. Thats just me...
What do you plan to do with her?
Where are you going?
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

One consideration is power generation. Many (most?) outboards in that size don't have a rectifier to generate 12v power, although you can add them to most it seems... even then they don't put out anywhere near the amperage that an alternator on a diesel might. Not saying that's a plan stopper, just something to consider if you think you're going to have significant power draws (fridge etc).
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Re: Outboard for Cruising

You don't need even significant power draws, GPS and VHF will drain the batteries to the point where it will take a lot of outboard running time to replenish. Lights and pumps add a bigger deficit. A portable generator is a possible option.
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