Sonar - engine (2 replies)
For various reasons (mostly related to the classification of our Hawk), we are thinking of changing it for a Sonar. Does anyone have any experience of fitting an engine to a Sonar? We would need to do this to comply with the RYA guidance notes on operating keelboats as we do not have an accompanying safety boat.
I did see an Etchells with an outboard engine- the owner cut a hole in the cockpit floor, big enough so the outboard could be tipped up, built a surround to above the waterline, and arranged it so the piece removed could be reinserted when sailing, much like the Hawk. I don’t know whether that would work on the Sonar.
it has the obvious disadvantage of somewhat compromising the watertightness of the hull!
Outboard hanging off the back clearly isn’t ideal. Off the side within reach of the helm might work if a little inelegant. Any scope to create a locker it could swing into?
PS have you ruled out putting a mast head float on your Hawk. I can send pictures if you are interested.
Thanks Simon - interesting possibility. We were considering the possibility of a Torqueedo. This has the advantage of being very light and easy to manage. The intention obviously is to sail for 98% of the time as the Sonar sails really well, but we need an outboard just for maneuvering off the pontoon and also we have to have one under guidance notes for the way we operate ...
We had considered (indeed we have) a masthead float for the Hawk. However, under the RYA guidance notes, this is not sufficient for it to be considered self-righting and we would therefore still need to operate the Hawk with a rescue boat, even with a masthead float.
All the best,