I'm sure plenty of you learned gents (willk excluded
will have done the research but I thought it politic today to actually simulate the need for my backup. Being as the weather was kind and I was on my own I thought I'd punish the little one to see if he could do what I expected if it all went sour .... and for some reasons I just assumed it would .. and why not ? Well as I like to plan carefully,.. it did go fine , but I learned some things along the way.. whilst waiting patiently for the little fella to get us back to port.
Mounting the 4 stroke aux on the transom is a pain .. well its not in the centre of the keel you see .. so steerage is a nightmare .. and the shaft isnt long enough especially if the weight in the boat is wrong,.. cavitation needs to be managed on the throttle
All this ofcourse after I got him started and discovered no tell tail. .. No tools to fix that either
.. well plenty of tools, but no paper clip
in the end carefull use of the bravo pump up its jaxi did the trick
Then I thought .. how much range do I have ? plenty in the aux tank .. but much more if I kept my usually carried spare neat, instead of premixing it for my 2 smoke main
.. again silly little things, but they could mean so much in the event of need.
The 4 Hp worked fine in the end, but using the main engine as steerage is a false idea like many have suggested to me, it slows you down too much when you are on such small power IMHO.. for my rig anyway
Just make sure you keep the little guy serviced too .. break him out and practice your drill
For those with substantial aux'es another task of mine was to load it onto the transom bracket in heavy seas .. we used ropes over the A frame so we didnt lose it over the stern .. and it paid to do this in the shittest of conditions .. because thats when the big guy upstairs usually tests you .. and your aux