OK, we all have lovely well maintained engines and we all carry paddles but I have seen very few twin engine set-ups – mostly, I assume for the same reason that I did not opt for such a set-up (cost, weight etc. etc.). This appears to be an eternal debate, and not one I wish to rekindle, ‘coz I have what I have – only one outboard.
This bothers me – what happens when I am in the channel, on a lee shore with rocks in sight etc. etc. and the unthinkable occurs – engine failure, and despite the extensive tool kit I can’t get her going again???
The answer is simple – I use those trusty paddles against the tide and quickly get out of the way of Mr SeaFrance. I don’t think so - I pull out my auxiliary outboard and motor (OK, at displacement type speeds, but I still do move) out of the danger area.
My question is this – how many of you carry a second engine, and of what size, and where do you keep it? More specifically, I am looking to purchase such an item for my set-up but really don’t know what size to buy. Other queries running around in my head include the classic two or four stroke and more importantly where I am going to keep this chap for the 99.9% of the time – there is no way I can leave it on the transom because it is simply not large enough, the answer, I feel is a custom made marine-ply type cradle / box which can be strapped to the deck on expeditions more than a mile or so off-shore.
I also question the manoeuvrability of the aux. engine given the normal engine and A-frame mounts etc. – anyone got any experience of the mounting devices more commonly seen on yachts that space the aux. engine away from the transom?
Any advice and thought appreciated!
Daniel (only got one engine) Hawkes