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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:35 am 
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I want to mount one on the bravo
I'm thinkin small because of the weight

I think I could make a mount that would bolt flat on top of one of the pontoons at the rear

think 6 horse would be way too much?
I know they got a bunch of 1 and 2 horse motors out there also


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:52 pm 
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IMO anything more than 3hp is overkill. 5hp is way too much. Heavy and hard to stow. Basically all you need is the smallest 2 stroke (four strokes are often too bulky and heavy even in the smaller sizes). A 1 or 2hp is plenty to just get you out of the harbor, etc.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:20 am 
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yeah but isn't the catamaran a planing hull kinda

Wouldn't the little bravo would haul butt with a little bigger motor


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Steve Cook wrote:
yeah but isn't the catamaran a planing hull kinda

Wouldn't the little bravo would haul butt with a little bigger motor
how 'bout a 225 Merc?
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WTF? A motor? On a Bravo?


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Has anyone really mounted a motor on a Bravo? I would be nervous about screwing up the Hull, can't repair it like a fiberglass hull, if at all.


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A MOTOR? On a BRAVO?? Whats wrong with a paddle?


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J_Eaton wrote:
Steve Cook wrote:
yeah but isn't the catamaran a planing hull kinda

Wouldn't the little bravo would haul butt with a little bigger motor
how 'bout a 225 Merc?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:17 am 
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xanderwess wrote:
A MOTOR? On a BRAVO?? Whats wrong with a paddle?


I'm gonna use the motor for fishing mission bay
I'm not into paddling a mile or two everytime I want to change spots

I tried sailing and then fishing but it's a lot of work getting right where you want to be, plus I got blew over and lost my stuff more than once

I think the bravo would be a great little fishing platform if it had a small motor

I'm installing flushmount rod holders this weekend


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Mirage. Awesome for fishing. You can actually troll with it. NO carbon footprint!


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xanderwess wrote:
Mirage. Awesome for fishing. You can actually troll with it. NO carbon footprint!


yeah I see em on the bay all the time
there's the same two guys out there EVERY time I go and they got the pontoons and sails
still a little slow for moving from spot to spot in the bay

When we're sailing I go from one end of the bay to the other and they are still just a halfway to one end

Plus I usually have my lil kid or my dog with me

There's a thousand boats on the bay, I don't think my bravo with a little one or two horsepower motor could do the damage in 100 weekends, that some of those big deisel spewing cruisers do in an hour

just saying :)


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I use a 3hp on my 3000 lb sailboat.
Try an electric trolling motor.
Oars would be best.

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I would look at the air cooled Honda 2 horse


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While I currently would not want to add an outboard to my Bravo, the concept is "interesting". I find that a small paddle works well for a short time, although I would not want to paddle for miles with it alone!

I agree with oerterch in-that repairs to the hull could be difficult. Needless to say, the warranty would be void. Does anyone have any pictures of a suitable mount for a Bravo? What about in the event of a capsize - the mount would have to be very strong! Would you mount it between the hulls on a new support? Maybe from the deck?

People in other forums (e.g. Wave) talk about electric motors but these require a separate (and large) battery. The Wave seems more suitable for a motor with the large cross-bar; the Bravo does not have this support.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:02 pm 
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If you aren't going excessive distances, I'd go electric with a sealed gel cell battery (no fuss no muss, no SPILL). An easy change out between sailing and motoring could be achieved in buying a second plastic rudder housing (EZ LOC Housing part# 50313001) and adapting it to hold the electric motor. I would think the rudder Pintles should handle the stress from a small electric motor's thrust. :?: MMiller?? Then all you need to do is switch between the two, rudder or motor. :idea:


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