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Long or Short Leg Outboard for RL24 Well ?
Hello, I have just bought one of the legendry RL24 MkIII's with a (broken) rustic and rusty 1983 Evinrude Short Leg. I have been furiously measuring various outboards for the well and I think the Yamaha 8 HP 2 stroke twin will fit. For those looking at 8 HP twin cylinder outboards, it's about the only one likely to fit my well. The question I have is; will I be ok with the standard short leg or do I need the long leg ? If I go long leg the motor won't fully swing back inside the hull line, but that's secondary to considerations of reliable motoring. My motor mounting point is 350mm or 1'2" above the hull line. Therefore the propeller shaft would be about 230mm or 9" below the hull line. Any advice appreciated. Thanks, John Whitelaw
John Whitelaw1-Aug-2003    Edit    Delete 
Outboards in well
I posted some stuff a few weeks about this topic. Read my post.

The RL24 well was designed for 4-10hp short shaft with 6hp being ideal.

Basically, I measured all the new and old outboards etc and discovered that the new models are significantly larger than old models. Top mounted starters and large diameter props are the main issues.

The 5hp Mercury/marina/tohatsu short shaft is the only new outboard with forward and reverse that fits in the well and properly stows when retracted. The outboard can be specified with a high thrust prop and 4amp charger. I am assuming the modern 5hp with high thrust prop will be similar to the old 6-8hp.

The prospect of leaving the leg or part there of hanging below the hull is not my idea of good practice. Sailing performance will be effected and there is a greater risk of engine damage when drying out on a beach(sand is very harmfull to the outboard).

If you must go for a new 8hp, look at the Johnson 8hp, its quality combined with the forward shift makes it the best on the market by a big margin. The additional weight, side mounted tiller and height of the new outboards is also a concern. You may have to modify your tiller and well to fit either new engine in. I have noted how I measured the well. tiller and engines to figure this out in my earier post.

greg1-Aug-2003    Edit    Delete 
You may want to consider using the nacelle for wet storage or collecting empty beer cans and adding a transom mount for your outboard.

This way you can fully retract the outboard and have the added benefit of extra storage


dave4-Aug-2003    Edit    Delete 
keep the outboard in the well
I purchased a RL24 Mk4 with a transom mounted 5hp LS Honda. I have just relocated the outboard back to the well because: - the gymnastics to get to the transom mounted motor made safe manouvering onto jetties etc. nearly impossible short handed. - the narrow transom left insufficient clearance resulting in the rudder fouling the motor. - the offset thrust from the motor is a real pain at low spead (forward and reverse). - the extra weight aft is a known disadvantage when racing on choppy waters like Port Phillip Bay. Boats need light ends to hobby-horse in the shallow water slop of the bay. - storing the fuel tank in the stern cavity limits what you can reliably store alongside the tank. Most plastic or rubber goods cannot safely be exposed to petrol or oil. - lifting and storing the awkward and heavy motor on and off the stern bracket is a back injury risk. -the engine in the well and its controls are easily accessable while holding the tiller. - the well location allows the engine to throw water over the rudder blade giving immediate steerage even when stationary. - If you ever need to lift the motor out of the well, two people can get at it to keep the lift safe. - you can't easily drop the motor overboard from the well. - if you do have problems with the outboard, it is safer and easier to work on it in the well. - you can leave the motor safely in the well while trailering.

I tried the motor on the transom (as delivered on the yacht) and hated it. More important, my crew who were use to a calm docking hated the antics of the skipper lunging back and forward to shift gear and power up etc.

Rob Legg got it right. The motor in the well helps make the RL24 a safe and seaworthy yacht.

Having been in several onboard emergencies with and without engines in wells, let me say that the engines in the well were valuable and used: and as for the one over the stern, I did not have the capability to get it going, it was an impossible risk I could not afford to take.

Yachts are rigged and designed for the severe conditions on the open water. The engine is not an accessory, it is part of the compromise of the modern trailer sailer. Engines over the stern are very limiting when the elements and luck are against you. Keep it in the well and like all good decisions, it will reward you in the long haul.


greg4-Aug-2003    Edit    Delete 
If you can swing up your outboard and plug the hole whilst under sail, that is the way to go.

I couldn't, so hung the motor (5hp Suzuki) off the transom. Performance is heaps better, both under sail and under motor, due to the fact that the hole has been plugged and faired. No regrets at all. I had the added problem of not being able to leave the motor in the well as the skeg dragged on the road as I entered or left our yard.

There are valid arguements for both scenarios, so go with what's best for you.



Mike6-Aug-2003    Edit    Delete 

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