SR4 - Adding an aux and other winter projects...
I've been thinking about adding an auxiliary to my SR4 for a while, does anyone have pictures of how they've done it? Looking at the transom, is there space to get one on and not interfere with the main motor steering? Just wondering if I'd have to make up some sort of bracket for it or something. Any ideas on minimum size? I've seen 4hp suggested as the smallest, could you get away with a 3/3.5? From reading archived threads I get the feeling that Seagulls aren't liked as auxs and looking around you can get a more modern outboard for the cost of a recon'd Seagull.
Other projects I'm considering... sealing up the flooded hull. It's not by choice, a crack has appeared in the hull (lashed up previous repair covered up with paint that I didn't notice). The hull around the crack seems solid enough but obviously with the water ballast I'd need to waterproof it from both sides and there's no way I can get into it without taking part of the deck up. The simplest route seems to repair the crack and close off the flood and drain holes. I would think fitting a deck hatch might be a good idea afterwards to get a pump in if needed or am I being over cautious?
This then raises the question of what to do with water in the boat, bilge pump or elephant's trunk? I'm inclined towards the pump so that I'm not holing the transom but it's a pull start motor so no battery. I know I could probably rig something from the lighting circuit on the motor but that means motor not running, no pump so it would have to be a manual unit which means stopping the boat to go to the stern to pump it out.
Again, related to not having a battery and not particularly wanting one, I'd like to fit some nav lights and a depth sounder. I've seen battery operated emergency lights, are they any good for normal use? And anyone know of a battery powered sounder/fish finder? GPS & VHF have been easy sorted, I've only really seen a few HK/Chinese fishfinder units on Fleabay or a Plastimo handheld probe thing you hold in the water but I'd like something a bit more pukka.
Any thoughts on the above ramblings? If there are simpler/better ways to do any of the above then I'm all ears.