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How long should a sailboat shaft be?

How long should a sailboat shaft be?

short shaft is 15 inches, standard is 20 inches and long shaft is 25 inches. Normal is generally the 20 inch. I would not use a short shaft on any trailerable unless it is the smaller engines on small daysailors depending on the transom height of the outboard motor bracket. I hope this helps your understanding.

What length outboard shaft do I need?

Measure from the top of your transom to the bottom of your keel. If it is from 15″ to 17″ long you’ll need to get a Tohatsu outboard with a “short” shaft. If it is from 20″ to 22″ long you’ll need our “long” shaft outboard.

Can you use a short shaft outboard on a sailboat?

A short shaft may tend to place the propeller out of the water in rough seas but may be quite adequate for use in lakes.

How long is an outboard long shaft?

Generally, short shaft outboards are 15 inches, long shaft outboards are 20 inches, and extra-long outboards are 25 inches. Since the length of the shaft of your outboard is associated with the size boat, smaller engines will generally have shorter shafts.

How far below the bottom of the boat should the prop be?

If you have a short shaft motor, the top most part of the transom and the lower most part of the boat should be about 15 to 16 inches.

Do I need a short shaft or long shaft outboard?

To do so, you will want to measure at the exact center of the transom from the very top to the very bottom. If it measures 15″ or with in a inch of that you will need a short shaft outboard. If it measures anywhere from 17″ to around 22″, then your going to want to go with a long shaft motor.

How do you know if you need a short or long shaft outboard?

Can you put an outboard motor on a sailboat?

Outboard motors are typically mounted on sailboats via separate bracket, not clamped on the transom as on most powerboats. Check the bracket carefully in any boat you are considering. It needs to be sturdy and mounted securely, and it should be rated for the outboard motor’s weight.

What happens if you put a long shaft motor on a short shaft boat?

RE: Longshaft motor on a short transom skiff? it will drive the boat, but at much over a idle, it will throw lots of water, up the exhaust housing, and, likely into the boat. It will try to drown the powerhead, and not perform like you’d hope.

How far should an outboard sit in the water?

How do you know if your outboard is mounted too low?

You can often tell that an outboard is too low if you are experiencing sluggish speeds, poor handling, excessive spray, porpoising, or even water pushing up into the cowling. That’s a very brief, basic accounting of symptoms, but you’ll usually find at least one of these symptoms if your motor is too low.