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  • #4060
    Isis
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    Hi all, Happy New Year.
    I am interested in buying a Honda 2.3 hp outboard. Does anybody have any ideas as to what is the best type, short shaft or long shaft? I am thinking about rudder clearance.
    Will a short shaft stow in the stern locker in a mark11? I am happy with the power rating.
    Many thanks.
    Matt
    W 8610

    #8970
    Shackleton
    Member

    Hi Matt,

    There is a few posts on this subject already, and I would recommend that you have a quick search as they are pretty comprehensive.
    For example:
    viewtopic.php?f=5&t=812

    Maybe not specifically all on the Honda, but good none the less. There are various pros and cons for either length. There is much to be said to be able to stow the engine in the rear locker, but for me it all depended on the position of the mounting.

    My own Wayfarer has a cast aluminium V type bracket bolted to the transom which then takes an offset bracket which positions the engine mounting higher than the top of the transom. When I read the recommendations on my Mercury and did the calculations, I ended up opting for a long shaft to ensure adequate water above the cavitations plate on the leg.

    Run the calculations yourself based on where your engine will be mounted and you may well end up with the shorter shaft which will be cheaper and be easier to store.

    As I say, have a search on the forum, it is very helpful.

    Tony

    #8971
    Isis
    Member

    Hi Tony
    Thanks for the info. I have found a lot more info within the forum prior to posting my question. Where did you obtain your outboard bracket from?

    Regards

    Matt

    #8972
    Shackleton
    Member

    Hi Matt,

    There are a number of vendors you can locate just pumping “Wayfarer Outboard Bracket” into Google, but the one on my boat looks like this one:

    http://www.boatsnbits.co.uk/acatalog/Cruising_Specific.html

    Not cheap but is very good and makes installation and removal easy, even at sea. Then again, I know a very seasoned Wayfarer sailer who makes do with ply pads he uses when we needs to use the motor and can then remove them when he doesn’t.

    I guess it depends on whether you are an out and out racer, in which case every ounce of unwanted weight is too much so bolting a bracket to the back of your boat would be unthinkable!

    Tony

    #8973
    Isis
    Member

    Hi Tony
    Thanks for the information!

    Regards

    Matt

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