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  1. #31
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Orinda, California
    Should be room for the engine head on port and prop behind the gas tank on starboard. However, when sailing it's recommended that the engine be on the cabin sole with the head in the companion doorway. Otherwise water in the engine can migrate to the bearings below the engine's head when the boat is healed going to weather.

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Skaneateles, NY
    Thanks Bill. Just to clarify, the engine laid down on the cabin sole? Not sure what "with the head in the companion doorway" means?

  3. #33
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    San Rafael, CA
    AH H H! Those were the days -- when I crewed for the Admiral
    weekend racing. [actually Bill was teaching me how to sail]
    There were three of us aboard and the stern ran low to the water,
    you could see lapping just below the well.
    Bill was invariably in the companionway making sure we started the
    race exactly on time and rounded the cans on the proper side. Also
    was in charge of when the sandwiches came out, being he is the
    skipper of MaiTai, the yellow avenger of the racing fleet.

    After we left the estuary and raised the sails, the OB was lifted out of
    the well and placed down below with the motor at the steps, the prop
    laid pointing forward. The lazaret became quite wet under the hatch.
    The motor was a 6-2, I believe, and was manageable even tho it had
    to be handed thru the c'way. I don't remember smelling gasoline below.

    But I do remember thinking, it's the damnedest thing that the motor
    has to come out because it's a drag when it isn't running. It made us
    officially an engineless racer. But I don't think it mattered.

    The only sailors that always won were Ed Ekers and Ernie Rideout.
    Don't know if they were motorless, or where they kept their Ariel, but
    they always seemed accompanied by a bevy of angels.

    __________________________________________________ _____
    Could say consequences led me to cut a slot in the Ariel's transom
    to be able to raise the OB shaft out of the water. And given where the
    hinge is placed, a good way above the water. Another story, much of
    which can be found here in these forums.

    Last edited by ebb; 12-21-2020 at 03:58 AM.

  4. #34
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Orinda, California
    "head in the doorway" -- the power head of the ob should be facing forward and over the center of the keel. (If you have a Commander, there's no door.) Lay the ob on the side the mfg specifies. As Ebb noted, if left in the ob well while sailing things can get pretty wet.

  5. #35
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Winyah Bay, SC
    I stowed my 6-4 Merc in the laz, but 'twere a royal pain to put in/take out while underway even on flat water, without smashing meaty body parts between hard boat/motor parts in the process. Always wanted to try one of the folding Garhauer cranes to make it easier. Thinking now that a smaller - and thus significantly lighter - engine might be the way to go, while understanding that it would mean forgetting schedules. But that's the idea, the dream.
    Kurt - Ariel #422 Katie Marie
    Small boats, long distances...

  6. #36
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    San Rafael, CA
    ( Our Great Mover and Shaker may want to mover this. BUT, may I
    point out, we aren't talking ABOUT outboards, but their bulk and
    oddness. This is more about where the well is in relation to other
    important in-use boat real-estate.)


    TO ANOTHER SECTION OF THE VESSEL...…………..{Ses.IIbTx w - 750}

    Kurt, the removal of a 57lb 6-4 Merc* from the well to the cabin sole

    inside the Ariel ( I have observed this a number of times, but years

    ago when we were younger and stronger) : IT TAKES THREE ADULTS

    TO ACCOMPLISH and includes retrieving the OBmotor back out of the

    cabin, returning it to the lazaret, positioned on its correct storage side

    while away from the boat. It also requires the well plug to be installed.

    In my experience it takes THREE STALWART SAILORS: One to unscrew

    the clamps, lift the outboard up & out of the lararet, and rest it on the

    cockpit deck -- we do this while the second sailor is in the way manning

    the tiller -- the third sailor, usually the Captain, is wedged in the C'way

    ready to receive the motor, which is somewhat difficult because it is hot

    and wet, and the companionway steps are in the way, steps are where

    the pointy bottom of the shaft rests at least once on its way down into

    the accommodation.. And on its way back up..

    This description does not include the number of practice runs it takes

    to become proficient in this on-the-water OB motor ballet. We became

    experts, bodyparts and varnishwork excluded. Nor how the motor was

    secured to the cabin sole when the Ariel was jumping around racing.

    ………………………………..Those were the days!!!...……………………………….

    __________________________________________________ ________
    *poetic license allows me to use Kurt's rather light weight 4stroke. Can't

    remember what motor we became part of on the MaiTai, probably about

    the same in a two stroke.
    Last edited by ebb; 12-27-2020 at 11:09 PM.

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