- 03/09/2020 at 6:15 pm #31554fundoctorParticipant
I really hate engines – many things to go wrong beyond the control of the basic DIYer. While my 3.3HP Mariner 2-stroke is in intensive care after “failure to start” I am eye-ing up a DT2.5 Suzuki 4-stroke. On a typical cruise I may never or occasionally use the engine and like to keep it well out of sight. The Mariner snucks in beautifully under the seats on S/Board side in front of the thwart. My issue – according to my measurements the Suzuki will not fit in that space. The throttle handle makes the unit 13” height and there is only 11′ under my seating. Foiled? One thought is to take the handle off and replace before use. The guy in the shop was against this proposal. Has anyone ideas for storing a small 4-stroke out of sight under the front seats? Cheers Trev01/10/2020 at 9:32 am #31684fundoctorParticipant
Update – have bought the Suzuki and am planning to store it with the throttle handle disconnected. Dealer thought this was a bad idea. But otherwise I’d have to keep it on the transom. Don’t really think WF transoms like having engines on them – some interesting cracks appearing.09/11/2020 at 1:22 pm #31916Jonathan FergusonParticipant
Have you thought about using an outboard bracket? Many Wayfarer cruisers (including myself) will tell you that the best place for an outboard to be at any time is on the bracket, ready to use, and therefore cruise with it there all the time. The bracket also assists in keeping it clear of the mainsheet.10/05/2021 at 9:56 pm #33746Luke BosmanParticipant
I second Jonathan’s reply! We fitted an Aeroluffspars outboard bracket to “Now or Never” about a month ago now. Before that, the outboard was generally a liability: by the time I’d loosened the lines attaching it to the benches, put it in position on the transom and started it up, I was normally in more difficulty then I was before. Now it sits securely a short distance behind the boat and can be fired up within seconds. I even sometimes remember to put it into neutral before wondering why it’s not starting.
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