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    Default Sailing the Sharpie coot Barbara Anne

    His is the Coot , she is fun to sail single handed or with others is pushed along nicely by a watersnake 55 when caught without wind
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    Default Re: Sailing the Sharpie coot Barbara Anne

    What is a "Water Snake 55"? Is it an electric OB with 55 pounds thrust? I am considering using an electric OB as auxiliary power for my Ohio Sharpie which weighs about 350 pounds. What does your Coot weigh? What is the trust of your OB and how fast will it push it? We have tidal currents down here.

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    Default Re: Sailing the Sharpie coot Barbara Anne

    it is a trolling motor from walmart with 55 lbs of thrust.. my boat is about 2500 lbs and it moves it no more than 4 knotts. i have a seagull antique outboard as back up but never use cause it makes noise

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    Default Re: Sailing the Sharpie coot Barbara Anne

    Thanks Phil. That is interesting and encouraging information.

    Does anyone else have some experience? All is welcome.

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    Default Re: Sailing the Sharpie coot Barbara Anne

    Nice pics, thanks.
    Ahp, yes, I've used a 55# thrust Minkota on a 20' keel sloop and a 23' centerboard ketch. The sloop displaced a ton. I sailed her everywhere, but in a calm a car battery and the trolling motor pushed her along alright. I still have that motor, if I used it regularly today I would research lithium batteries. My motor is a saltwater model.

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    Default Re: Sailing the Sharpie coot Barbara Anne

    that cool , Similar findings then . Mine is a salt water model too and i certainly am thinking about the lithium batteries . I got a 100 watt solar panel and a cheap controller it charges it up in a day or two. that saved a long of batter carrying lol

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