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 Post subject: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:06 pm 
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Has anybody rigged an outboard to the Getaway? On those day when I don't want to sail, it would make a great fishing/ casting platform.

Also, what is the theoretical maximum hull speed?


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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:44 am 
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You need a Cheata motor mount and a Honda 2HP motor. Great combination.

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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:45 am 
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I was thinking of mounting an electric trolling motor (like a Minn Kota) to mine. There is a pretty good YouTube video of someone doing that to their Hobie Wave. Plus, an electric motor is a much cheaper option.


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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:59 am 
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I have the Cheeta and the Torqeedo 1003. I'm still trying to get it sorted out.

If I use the Cheeta's cam block to lift the motor mount arm, and leave the motor in the normal position, the skeg and prop are very close to the water, and wave action makes it hit and bounce. I put a bungee on the Cheeta arm to hold it down, otherwise it works the cam block down (into the deployed position).

I normally leave the Cheeta down, and tip the motor up. One problem is the motor has to be held sideways to clear the tiller, and I've been using bungees to hold it there. I just got some webbing and a fastex buckle to make it a little more secure.

I like the Cheeta, but the cam block axle was an aluminum pin, which quickly bent from the pounding it got when I was sailing on Lake Michigan. I replaced the axle with a SS bolt. Also, 2 of the screws that held the baseplate on fell out, so I lock-tited the replacements in place.

The Cheeta catches a lot of water when I'm sailing with 4 people aboard, and sprays the motor. So far, the Torqeedo has proven to be waterproof. I don't know if a gas motor should have a powerhead cover to keep the water out?

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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:02 am 
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Oh, to answer max hull speed...the sail will drive the boat MUCH faster than any motor you will fit to it.

The Torqeedo 1003 will drive the boat at about 10 knots at full power. Somehow, the boat feels very uncomfortable when I do that. I normally drive it at about 6 knots. The battery life is MUCH longer at that speed also.

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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:28 am 
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I have a Suzuki 2.5 mounted on my Getaway. I've never clocked it but something like 8 knots or so would be my guess. I'll have to take along my GPS next time and measure.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:43 am 
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I tried a trolling motor before the Honda and found it to be less power than I needed in a pinch, and even with a 34 aH battery I only got around 20 min of run time. Enough to get in and out of port, but not enough to get me back from the far side of the lake if the wind died. I've had no problems what-so-ever with the Honda.

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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:50 am 
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Here's some Flickr photos of the motor strap I made to hold the Torqeedo, and a photo of the Torqeedo taken apart for transit.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/100085529@N02/sets/72157635011469021/

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 Post subject: Re: Rigging an outboard?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:00 am 
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RobDek wrote:
I have a Suzuki 2.5 mounted on my Getaway. I've never clocked it but something like 8 knots or so would be my guess. I'll have to take along my GPS next time and measure.


Just slightly optimistic. At full bore, 6 knots and at about half throttle 5 knots.


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