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The discussions for this thread include the following:

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 at 2:16am
Hi all, Mark Spruell of Yankee Dolphin #203 "Paradiso" here.

My boat originally had an inboard which is long since gone. The last few seasons have been driven with a 6hp Johnson on a transom bracket. Frankly, it looks bad, is hard to operate, and since the bracket is off-center, can be difficult to keep the boat straight. I'd like to add a well.

I'm imagining that since most Yankees have the well, adding one shouldn't be too much of a problem. Has anyone else done this? I've done structural hull work before, and it seems like it would be straightforward.

I'm thinking I should make the well wide enough to turn the motor, if necessary, since it can help maneuverability. I've replaced the Johnson with a 10hp Honda 4-stroke, so that could use some extra space as well. I'm thinking I'll measure the turning diameter of the Honda and cut the hole big enough to have some movement. Does anyone see a problem with that? Any other problems I should be aware of? How would you make a well if you could start from scratch? Also, what are the dimensions of your well, for those of you that have them?

Thanks in adavance!

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 at 12:47pm
Hi Mark-

Make sure to look at the technical page on motorwells on the website.
Lots of good information there.

Motorwells and Transom Plugs

Erik Evens
Los Angeles, CA
"Robin Lee", Yankee Dolphin #118

Posted: 05 May 2012 at 7:27am
Thanks Erik! That did help a lot. I'm still wondering if anyone has any exact dimensions they can share, or if they have any reasons not to do it.

Thanks again!

Posted: 08 May 2012 at 11:48am
Mark, I can measure Grand Finale's well this afternoon. Are there any specific dimensions you're looking for? I can also email photo's if that will help.
Beautiful boats and fair winds!
Dolphin #300
Grande Finale

Posted: 17 May 2012 at 9:56am

That would be awesome when you get a chance. I'm not sure I'm going to do it this year (it should only be a weekend project, but I don't want to miss sailing time). I'd love to have the dimensions, though.


Posted: 24 May 2012 at 1:04pm
I would go with the motor well simply because of looks (the Dolphin's clean transom is one of her best features), but since you mentioned steering....

The motor well was made for a smaller two stroke motor. The four stroke Suzuki we have (a fantastic motor in all other respects) absolutely fills all the available area. As a result, it can hardly be turned more than 5 degrees in either direction.

Because the prop is aft of the rudder and can't use it to get steering traction, and because I can't turn the motor to get the stern around, under power my Dolphin is a cow. An obstinate cow. With her relatively deep draft (by small boat standards) and the current of the Columbia River, there have been occasions when I would have gladly traded for a transom mounted motor.

But most of the time, I'll take the Dolphin's good looks.

Yanqui #197
Portland, OR

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