Re: Outboards and Michalak designs
- Strong winds and tidal currents are relative terms Stan, and it depends
on the load as well. My choice would be the 5 hp. The 2 has a very small
prop and you could be running it wide open and observing the landscape
not moving against a wind and 4 knot tide:-) Jim tends to be very
conservative in hp recommendations because most of his designs are for
sheltered inland waters with no tides and sticking close to shore.
I would use a tiller extension and shift some weight forward to
compensate for the heavier motor and not run it much over 1/2 throttle.
That is if the motor well is large enough to handle that size motor.
Sometimes the best option is to wait until conditions improve. Just like
the old boys used to do.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "scr243" <scr243@...> wrote:
> I was planning on using a 2 hp Honda for my Family Skiff but was
wondering if that would be enough when going into a strong wind or tidal
current since the boat has high freeboard. I also have a 5 hp Honda but
since it weighs about 50 lbs ( vs 26 for the 2 hp) it would make a
difference in how the hull is loaded.
> --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "kapelli66" kellifrit@ wrote:
> > Stan,
> > I think that Jim feels that the smaller motor will drive the boat at
hull speed and a a larger horsepower motor is just a waste of money.
Also the added weight of the larger motor might effect how the boat sits
in relation to her waterline. I have a 4.5 hp Evinrude on my Family
Skiff and it only uses about half throttle to get to hull speed. The
F-N-R is nice too.
> > Paul
> > --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "scr243" <scr243@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I was reading the small outboard topic and thought I could get
some general information on using an outboard with Michalak designs. On
most of the designs Jim only recommends small HP outboards and warns on
some that the boats will not tolerate more power. My question is what
factor on the hull design is causing this---is it the rocker? How is
the handling effected if you go from say, 2 HP up to 5 HP?
> > >
> > > Stan
> > >