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I would like to ask what are the advantages and disadvantages of and outboard mounted off the the aft beam vs one located at the back of the cockpit . My plans specify these 2 options and I can't decide. We are into month 4 and hope to have her finished by end of Nov in time for the North East Monsoon . Cheers Pat

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Another reason to move the motor forward is lots of Wharrams tend to drag their butts and moving weight aft makes this worse.
One would think the weight of the engine could be easily be offset by moving some ballast forward or perhaps this would cause the boat to hobby horse .
I like the idea of a clear cockpit and I would think it would be less noise having the engine off the aft beam, although if one were to place a box over the engine this may solve the noise problem problem... excuse me for thinking out loud.  Thank you for the varied opinions and experiences. Cheers Pat
Keeping the weight out the ends is normal practice as it reduces the hobby horsing effect.
A judicial weight will likely ease the "hobby horsing." A 4-stroke motor will be seriously quieter than a comparable 2-stroke motor: my old 2-stroke was deafening compare to my current 4-stroke motor.. The main difficulty with an aft-beam mounting is when manuveoring in close quarters if using the motor's tiller: you have to reach the motor's tiller while also using the boat's tiller. I only need to do this when entering my slip at very slow speed. In open water, the motor is centered and I am using the boat's tiller for steering.
A judicial weight (meaning the 55 'lb weight of the motor)will likely ease the "hobby horsing." A 4-stroke motor will be seriously quieter than a comparable 2-stroke motor: my old 2-stroke was deafening compare to my current 4-stroke motor.. The main difficulty with an aft-beam mounting is when manuveoring in close quarters if using the motor's tiller: you have to reach the motor's tiller while also using the boat's tiller. I only need to do this when entering my slip at very slow speed. In open water, the motor is centered and I am using the boat's tiller for steering.

Hi Kim. Yes It is along way to reachthe engine , I have a similar "problem" with my present boat, , however the use of both tiller and engine makes the boat very maneuverable in tight spaces. This is a difficult decision to make as it is rare that one person has had the opportunity to try both setups and form an opinion.  Cheers Pat 

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