advice about a motor

All you old salty sailors out there. What make and size outboard motor would you recommend to put on a Flying Scot? And where could I get the best bang for my buck if I wanted to purchase a new one? Or could I get a refurbished motor from a dealer for a good price?

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Over the years there have been a ton of posts about motors.

Over the years there have been a ton of posts about motors. If you type in motors in the search box you will have a lot to read.

one word -Torqueedo.

one word -Torqueedo. I've been using this maintenance free electric outboard for 3 years. The only expense is elctricity to charge the lipo battery.On a full charge it has adequate thrust (72lbs) for a stiff wind and a 30 minute run at full thrust. I usually operate at 1/2 thrust and it does have a setting for maximum efficiency (ie distance on a charge). Advantages; quiet,green, instant starting, no gas, infinite speeds with forwards and backwards- all from twisting the tiller handle(which telescopes), lightweight-at ~24 lbs it's easy to lift off the transom and stow. It folds into a waterproof backpack. It's maintanence free. German engeneering and manufacture. Disadvantages; price ~$1500 The newest model is waterproof to 1 meter for 1 hour.

Thanks for the feed back.

Thanks for the feed back. The Torqueedo is awesome. I googled it and found out a lot more info but it is a big pricey.

In order to select the best option you need to really assess you

In order to select the best option you need to really assess your motor needs and what is more important to you. The conflicts are speed and power underway versus light weight and ease of mounting and handling. You also need to consider if you want take home power in case the wind dies on a lake or do you need to make headway into an inlet or river under adverse current/tide on a regular basis. Do you plan to sail with the motor on the transom or just carry the motor on board. These are some things to consider. I have a 2 Hp Evinrude about 20 years old. It has the power for take home on a windless day but I would not rely on it for take home on a windy day in the case of a breakdown. It's main advantage is that it weighs 28 lb and I carry it under the fore deck and can mount it on the transom in case the wind dies. I have notced that my non sailing friends are much more likely to go for a sail knowing that there is a motor on board. Having said all that, I doubt that the motor has even 30 hrs of use on it. I sail my boat a lot and have developed a knack for estimating the wind and when to turn for home in anticipation of the wind dying. Good luck with your choice. FS 3512

In order to select the best option you need to really assess you

In order to select the best option you need to really assess your motor needs and what is more important to you. The conflicts are speed and power underway versus light weight and ease of mounting and handling. You also need to consider if you want take home power in case the wind dies on a lake or do you need to make headway into an inlet or river under adverse current/tide on a regular basis. Do you plan to sail with the motor on the transom or just carry the motor on board. These are some things to consider. I have a 2 Hp Evinrude about 20 years old. It has the power for take home on a windless day but I would not rely on it for take home on a windy day in the case of a breakdown. It's main advantage is that it weighs 28 lb and I carry it under the fore deck and can mount it on the transom in case the wind dies. I have notced that my non sailing friends are much more likely to go for a sail knowing that there is a motor on board. Having said all that, I doubt that the motor has even 30 hrs of use on it. I sail my boat a lot and have developed a knack for estimating the wind and when to turn for home in anticipation of the wind dying. Good luck with your choice. FS 3512