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Old 10 January 2010, 16:52   #11
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you know that sod's law means if you remove the aux you will break down, if you leave it you'll probably never need it!
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Old 10 January 2010, 17:07   #12
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From past experience of losing a perfectly good auxilliary off the back of a Dell Quay Dory we used to own (my fault), I now prefer to keep the 3.3 mariner 2 stroke under the rear seat of my Ribeye 550. I have made a fixed wooden bracket which attaches through the mounting holes for one of the ski eyes (not required as i have a ski pole too) and mount the engine on it when needed. It is very much a last resort get me home set up which pushes me along at 4-5 knots. I know it won't work too well in a rough sea but I am never happy being out with only 1 engine.
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Old 13 January 2010, 05:36   #13
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40 Kn for 3/4 hr blew prop. 8HP Yamm 3Kn 1st Jan 1995 no boats about fortuneatly flat calm do the maths.
After that always took aux when offshore alone until mounting smashed going round mull of kintyre and left it hanging off transom in serious danger of taking out main engine.
now well lashed down in forward locker to be used as anchor. paddles best to write help on them and wave at passing boats
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Old 13 January 2010, 07:05   #14
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paddle idea great!

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40 Kn for 3/4 hr blew prop. 8HP Yamm 3Kn 1st Jan 1995 no boats about fortuneatly flat calm do the maths.
After that always took aux when offshore alone until mounting smashed going round mull of kintyre and left it hanging off transom in serious danger of taking out main engine.
now well lashed down in forward locker to be used as anchor. paddles best to write help on them and wave at passing boats
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Old 17 January 2010, 04:25   #15
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Aux for me - only ever used it once less than 50yds from the pontoon when the main engine cut out and wouldn't restart, but it probably stopped my boat either being on a rocky beach or into a jagged rusty steel shipwreck - with 20kt of wind you would not have paddled into it even if you were He-Man. Mine does about 4kt on 6hp at half throttle, and about 4.5kt on full throttle (just adds noise), so I usually set the throttle to half, lock it in place and steer with the main engine as a rudder, works well and while I wouldn't want to be in very rough conditions driving like that (steering response is a bit lethargic) I'd rather be sitting at the helm than perched on the tube. The only thing I haven't sorted out is an external fuel feed - I am not sure how far I'd get on the litre or so of fuel in the aux tank, I do carry cans but you wouldn't want to be refuelling a hot engine at sea!

Thankfully the old Humbers have a sensible "un-trendy" flat transom so mine is just bolted on the transom, no brackets to snap and fall off.

I don't even carry paddles as there isn't much passing traffic to wave at, hence the fact I carry an aux
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Old 17 January 2010, 07:09   #16
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auxiliary or not?

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Hi Guys
i have a nice little 17ft Dory.
it has radio, flares, horn etc,

i also have fitted an auxiliary 5hp engine, aside from the main engine.
the main engine is in very good, serviced condition.

what are your thoughts on the auxilliary? i know its a belt and braces emergency engine, but do people usually have them on thier boats? or do you think them not really necissary?

i dont go out to sea far, keep to the coast mainly. and thinking of this engine just sat there. i wonder if its really worth the bother


any thoughts?


thanks

I have a twin engine rib the chances of both braking down at the same time maybe rare.
However all other boats i have owned have always had an auxiliary engine.

I felt that If ever I had to call the R.N.L.I. at least they can see I made the effort to make provisions in the event of an engine brake down at sea.
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I felt that If ever I had to call the R.N.L.I. at least they can see I made the effort to make provisions in the event of an engine brake down at sea. [/QUOTE]


I will be fitting an aux bracket when we re power at the end of the month....have had OB's play up at sea in the past, but thankfully have always managed to get them / keep then going...or at least enough to limp in.....given the amount of electronic components etc on modern engines (rightly or wrongly) I think I might struggle to botch a repair...

My MAIN concern, however, is that if i do ever break down I could well end up calling my own crew out to tow us in. Another lifeboat colleague who regulalrly crews with me says that if he has enough air in his tanks, he'd rather swim for it than face the embarasment and ridicule

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Old 28 January 2010, 14:07   #18
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hi

dory 17ft

i have 15 hp ,mounted on the front of my console.its a good place to have it as it helps to keep the bow down .it pushes her along at 7 knots a must where i go boating special around Inishboffin and surrounding island
long way out boffin from home (clifden)


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Old 28 January 2010, 14:23   #19
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Old 01 February 2010, 10:12   #20
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Aux yes......

Sometimes its not about paddling ashore but paddling offshore away from a very unfriendly landing spot. An onshore wind, big cliffs and big waves can ruin more than your day.

I prefer to deal with a small aux (4hp yamaha) and all it entails rather than the above scenario.

Take your choice.

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