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Old 13 December 2005, 15:24   #11
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What size is that aux engine? I had thought that I couldn't fit one on mine because I didn't have a cut-out in my transom (inboard) - but yours seems to be on the highest point. Is it an XL shaft?!?

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Old 13 December 2005, 18:28   #12
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What happens in a sudden emergency though???
Well it depends what you mean by an emergency. Full power on the auxillary will push us along at around 3 knots so an extra few minutes putting the engine on isn't going to make a lot of difference. The only time I have needed the auxillary was when we got the fishing line wrapped around the main prop and we needed some time to unwind it. We were quite close to rocks and got the engine on pretty quick. If you are in a situation where you cant be without engine power for even a few minutes then a twin engine set-up is probably the answer. Even a pair of paddles are pretty good for getting out of someones way in a hurry if you have to.
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Be careful about lying four stroke aux engines on their side -they don't like it! It is emphasised by the motion of the boat, something to do with the sump oil, not entirely sure, but experienced it on a Honda 2hp 4 stroke, kept in the locker of a sailing yacht.

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Old 13 December 2005, 18:51   #14
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My Suzuki 15hp 4 stroke lived in the boot of my car for about 3 months - on the correct side of course.

I would leave it upright for about 20 mins before starting and there was always a huge cloud of white smoke which would clear after a few seconds - then it would run fine.

On it's stand it NEVER smokes when started!!!
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swginn,

What size is that aux engine? I had thought that I couldn't fit one on mine because I didn't have a cut-out in my transom (inboard) - but yours seems to be on the highest point. Is it an XL shaft?!?

Cheers,

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Dyl,

Its not an XL shaft, just a standard Long-shaft. When I've tested it, it pushes us along quite quickly surprisingly. The prop does run in "clean" water and clears the hull well. Only problem I have is I can't turn right very sharply (I can still turn right, just in very large circles!!) unless I use the main engine as a rudder because the A-frame gets in the way. Here's the only pics I have of it in the down position.

Maybe you've got a higher freeboard, being a diesel rig and all, to reduce the risk of swamping?? Worth borrowing one for a try anyway I guess??
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This is what we do and it works very well. Keeps the engine out of harms way.
What happens when you stuff it into a wave and fill up with water?
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If you do find it necessary to use a bracket, take care about the rated engine size. The manufacturers seem to quote mainly for 2-strokes but may also quote a 4-stroke rating as well. These are always quite a lot lower, on account of the greater weight of a 4-stroke.

... Not that there are many smaller 2-strokes still around!

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