[bolger] Re: martha jane rudder conflicts ( renamed)
- Reply to Steve Anderson,
I have done a lot of things to my Martha Jane only to undo them and decide
the original was best. But the motor mount idea is a good one and has
lasted. See, if you raise the transom, or hang a rudder amidships, you lose
your best ingress/egress.
But for other reasons I am very interested in your transom hung arrangement.
I wish I could get details from you.
Yes, it's a 2hp Honda 4 stroke. Adequate? Yes, with nothing to spare. It
comes close to hull speed, say, 6k wide open, but you shouldn't run wide
open more than a half hour. Subtract a knot or two in strong headwinds. But
hey why aren't you sailing when the wind's up?
I bought my first engine in 1960 (5hp) and bought my second engine in 1998,
and I have done plenty of cruising and daysailing in between. Why? I ran up
the river to Fredericksburg (Virginia) and back, narrow waters, on half
throttle at about 4k, burned 2-1/2 gals of petroleum derivative in 70 miles,
sailed 35. I need power to make neat trips like that.
>Subject: [bolger] martha jane rudder conflicts ( renamed)
>Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 14:10:16 EST
>In a message dated 2/28/2000 8:38:53 AM Eastern Standard Time,
><< Have any other Martha Jane owners run into this problem too? >>
>I have heard of another martha jane owner who had this problem ( that makes
>two confirmed whom I know of with the outboard and rudder door hitting each
>other, that is) and solved it by adding six inches to the transom height
>using a longshaft outboard.
> I was on Bennett's Steadfast last spring and wasn't in a shallow water
>situation - Perhaps he's still on this list and can say if Steadfast has
>As for Landroval - I avoided this completely when I went with a transom
>rudder. Apparantly I saved a lot of money in stainless steel fabrication as
>well - since I only spent $250 in this catagory. The only stainless steel I
>needed to have fabricated was the tabernacle hinge ( $200) and some
>modifications to the pintles - $45.
>It will be interesting to see what Mr. Bolger's new rudder design for MJ
>I was interested in your comment Ed that you moved your outboard to a motor
>mount. Are you the one who is using a 2 hp honda? If so how adequate has
>been in strong winds and against tidal current? Will it push the boat
>against a four knot current?
>Steve Anderson ( Landroval)
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