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Old 08 April 2004, 18:08   #1
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Shaft length!!!

I have just seen a 40hp engine on ebay. It's local, looks OK, and is the right price. However, it is a short shaft (17"). My transform is 19 1/2". I was wondering whether I might be able to get away with a short shaft - most people agree that you can get away with a couple of inches either way....
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Old 09 April 2004, 02:02   #2
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Hi Tim

I think you would need to cut out a section of your transom to fit the short shaft engine. This can be done but is it worth it? There are plenty of engines for sale and it would be a lot less trouble to wait for the correct one.

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Old 09 April 2004, 15:36   #3
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I think you would find it would slow you down alot having it that short. You can alway extend the leg of a 40hp ( well Mariners and Mercs you can ). What make is it thats for sale?
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It was a Mercury. It's sold now. I'll get a long shaft I think - I currently have a longshaft.
You can etend Johnsons/Evinrude's quite easily too.
PS. If anyone has a 40hp longshaft electric start 2-stroke outboard they don't need......
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Old 10 April 2004, 16:26   #5
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Most Merc/Mariner dealers should have some Ex RNLI 40hps for sale, there a very good buy. Either long shaft or short.

Maybe worth talking to your nearest dealer.
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