Auxiliary Engine for an XS850 - Advice Please
I'm new to this forum and I have a question about what auxiliary engine to put on my XS 850. I have been doing a lot of research over the past few days and I am currently looking at the Mercury 9.9 command thrust model. This is available in L and XL shaft. The problem I have is that top of Transom to bottom of hull where the AUX. will be mounted is 28 1/2 ". This is above the max length for the XL 9.9. I know there are mounting brackets available but I was trying to avoid this if possible. So my question is, does anyone on here own an 8.5m XS (XS850) with an Aux. outboard fitted? If so what size did you go with and would it keep you off the rocks in the event it is required?
Thanks In Advance.