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Posted: 05 Jan 2015 at 8:35pm
All my prior outboard saltwater experience has been with a motor that I can pull up/tilt to get clear of the water after use. What should I expect with the Dolphin where the lower unit will be in the water all season? The motor in question is a 10hp Johnson Sailmaster, 2005 vintage with only freshwater use up until now.
As always thanks for your guidance.

Posted: 06 Jan 2015 at 11:33am
Here is a trick I picked up from an old sailor. Cover the bottom half of your outboard with automobile wax. Put it on heavy and don't rub it off. Not much will stick to the engine and you can probably go 2 months before cleaning. The fellow who told me about this was hosing off his rubber dingy when I met him. After two months in salt water most every thing on the bottom just hosed off. Don't cover the sacrificial zink with wax.
I am a Dolphin wannabe owner. I sail a West Wight Potter 19 which resides on a trailer when not sailing, and my motor will tilt up out of the water when sailing. I have sailed most of the California Coast and when cruising for a week or more I wax the bottom of the boat. I have never had a problem with unwanted hitch hikers.

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 at 7:15am
Hi Mike
On Marionette my 4hp is in a transom well, and I always pull it and store below when not in use (35lbs!). This motor doubles as the dinghy motor.

Some years ago I was in Cuttyhunk, and a spousal illness made it necessary to get home right away so took the ferry to the mainland. Anyway, I had motored in the dinghy to the dock, and forgot to tip the motor.

I did not get back to Cuttyhunk for 8-9 days. The motor started but soon stopped. Could not restart and keep running. The lower unit was covered with slime and soft growth, which I cleaned off, but same result. I found out later that slime/growth stuff had infiltrated and grew inside the intake, broke off and clogged inner ports.


Posted: 09 Jan 2015 at 11:58am
Ron your right I didn't think about growth inside the engine. I guess the wax will work for a dingy or a trailable boat.

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 at 1:37pm
Hey guys, thanks for your replies. As Ron states my biggest fear would be barnacles or mussels growing inside the water cooling passageway. The motor weighs over 100# and even if I could clear all the electrical and control cables would be a bear to lift.

Posted: 10 Jan 2015 at 6:03am
100+ lbs! That's Colossal!

Posted: 10 Jan 2015 at 9:17am
Ron, unintended pun? Anyhow you're right. I spoke with a tech rep at BRP the current manufacturer of Evinrude outboards and he expressed concern about leaving the unit in the water. On my motor the exhaust exits through the prop hub, a great place for marine varmints to set up camp and effectively kill the engine.
I do have a great little 4hp Mariner from our Rhodes 19 but on a really windy day with a contrary tide I think the 10hp Johnson may be a better bet.
So I have started researching the possibility of a sliding motor mount that might be adapted to our well. Sort of like one seen on the Rhodes 22.
As is said, "stay tuned".

Posted: 10 Jan 2015 at 1:04pm
Pun intended...
Have you seenhttp://dolphin24.org/80_pushpit.html

Posted: 16 Jan 2015 at 12:55am
My 6hp Tohatsu is more than enough power for a Dolphin, in my opinion. At 65 lbs, it's pretty easy to remove and store on a bracket on the stern pulpit. See Robin Lee's page for info.
Erik Evens
Los Angeles, CA

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 at 2:05pm
I have a 6hp 2s yamaha, I pull it out of the water and rest the brackets on the traveler so everything is out of the water. I can rinse it as needed and flush it in that position. I have scraped knuckles a few times but no big deal.
Jack VanZandt
Olympia, WA

Posted: 04 Feb 2015 at 9:52am
Has anyone tried to put an outboard off the back of the transom? My 9 hp is too heavy to lift in and out, and when its in the well, it chokes on its own exhaust, plus its noisy in there. Thought it would run better, quieter hanging off the back (but maybe sacrifice some beauty). see this PDF: http://www.garelick.com/files/12.109.pdf
1977 Pacific Dolphin Hull # 280

Posted: 04 Feb 2015 at 10:30am
I've used a Garelick motor mount on two of my previous boats. The lift up feature of the mount works great and gets the motor up and out of the water. The only problem is operating the motor while in the down position and off the end of the transom. On the O'Day Mariner there was little to worry about as the cockpit is open right to the transom and it was easy to manipulate the motor. On the Rhodes 19, with a short after deck it was hard to get back to the motor, leaning back over the stern to steer or adjust the throttle etc. I think the situation would be similar with the Dolphin. The way around this of course would be with a remote control set up. I might still worry a bit about the prop lifting out if the boat were to pitch a lot.

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