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Old 06 March 2015, 11:35   #1
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What size spare engine?

Hello,

I have a 5.3m Tornado with a 1990 75HP engine. due to the age of the engine i am thinking about having a small backup engine on the transom in case the worst happens?

What size do people recommend? i thought about a 5HP?

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Old 06 March 2015, 12:16   #2
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as a rule, should be fine. 1 hp per metre
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Old 06 March 2015, 13:11   #3
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I have a tornado 5mtr with a 60 hp main engine and bought a Yamaha Malta from a mate of mine, which I believe is 4hp. This seems fine but I haven't used it for real ie in an emergency situation. The advantage of a small two stroke is that it fits alongside the main engine using the transom rather that a bracket.

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Sods law says that if your main engine does indeed fail, it will do so at the most inconvenient moment, which in boating terms is when you're being blown onto a lee shore in breaking seas, your aux needs to be able to cope with those conditions. 5hp might be enough to push it along in nice calm conditions with the wind & tide behind you, but you wouldn't want to be stuck in the Corryvrecken with only a 5hp
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My old boat, 17ft Wilson flyer had a 86 115 two stroke Suzy, never missed a beat in 6 years! Apart from once with a dodgey battery being flat. We had a 15 mariner 4 stroke on a custom stainless and HDPE bracket I made and bolted to the transom. We used to use the wee 4 for trawling or just saving fuel, it would push us all day long against a 2mph tide at about 7mph, it was good for about 9mph flat out. The boat was fairly heavy loaded, possibly 1500kg or more on a 3/4 day fishing trip
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Old 06 March 2015, 20:10   #6
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6-8hp would be ideal if you can find something.

A 5hp sail would also be decent choice if you come across one.

Other factor is space and weight will dictate what size you can fit. As an example, my 5hp 4 stroke mariner would not fit on my old 5.6 Avon, I was stuck with a 3.3hp 2 stroke, never had to use it in anger which is probably just as well. I figured it would do as keeping me off rocks till I got anchors out worst case.

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I've got a Mariner 4hp 2-stroke on my Ribcraft 4.8 and have never had to use it. Reassuring to have it though. Service it well and use it every time you're out, if even just to tick it over.

Suzuki 6hp long-shaft 4-stroke: John Bridger Marine

Yamaha 8hp long-shaft 2-stroke and others here: http://www.seamarknunn.co.uk/download/usedob/used.pdf
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If your getting a back up, don't forget that some small outboards are the same, ie my mariner 15 also comes as a 9.9, so worth getting the extra hp for a little more dosh, but no extra weight!
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Thanks for all your help, definitely got me thinking a bit more. Something that fits directly on the transom would be ideal, but happy with a bracket if needs be.
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Just bear in mind most brackets go upto 5/6hp but always go by weight rating. I'm sure some other people on here can advise if the sees other brackets out there. Or if you fancy making one I can PM you a sketch of what I made before
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