Home In A Pinch
I own a 22-foot Grady-White cuddy cabin, which I use almost exclusively for
offshore fishing five to 40 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. I want to purchase
a kicker motor as a backup in case the main engine fails. I’m looking at a 5-hp
Honda because it weighs only 60 pounds. Is that enough motor to get me home
in my boat in relatively calm, two- to four-foot seas? John Paul
TOM NEALE For your needs, I’d get a more powerful motor. Your boat is relatively
heavy and you’re going offshore. Also, it has a fair amount of windage. Offshore wind
can provide a lot of resistance, and seas can make your stern dip and rise, resulting in
possible cavitation. You may also need a long shaft. Special motor mounts are made
for this, and you may want to buy mounts specifically designed for your boat and
the come-home motor. These mounts allow you easily to adjust the elevation of the
motor to store and use it as well as deal with varying conditions, even if the motor
is somewhat heavy. You should contact Grady-White for advice about how large a
come-home you need and what mount to use. Also check Grady-White chat rooms
for helpful info.
I’m looking to buy a 2004 Monterey 298
SS with twin 300-hp Mercury engines
with Bravo III drives. Where can I find
certified fuel-consumption test results?
JOHN ADEY You won’t find industry-wide certified fuel-consumption numbers for boats. There’s been work done
attempting to universalize the testing, but
the document isn’t widely accepted.
Huge differences exist between cars,
for which we have standardized testing,
and boats. Car usage neatly breaks down
into two modes, highway and city, that
can be tested on predictable, closed, and
purpose-built test tracks. Boats enjoy
none of this, and subtle changes in propeller pitch, passenger capacity, wind,
waves, and current can make a massive
difference in fuel consumption. Your best
bet is to check with the manufacturer and
with owner forums.
Repairing Ancient Ruins
I have a 1984 Sea Ray cuddy cabin. On
the inside, the cabin doors are made of
veneer plywood and trimmed in teak. I’m
looking for a sheet of plywood like that.
TOM NEALE When trying to replace
Practical Boater ASK THE EXPERTS
a component on an older boat, the first
place to start is with the manufacturer. If
the boat has been out of production for a
while, the manufacturer may not be able
to help, but they may steer you in the
right direction. Often you can find what
you want in owner forums, such as the
one at the Sea Ray website ( www.searay.
com). For wood products, many shops
can make what you need to order, and
some may even have the templates. For
similar needs, I’ve gone to such a place
as Seafarer Marine ( www.seafarermarine.
com), in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Call
the company and describe what you need. ILLU
Edited by Tom Neale