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MacPhail posted 08-11-2002 08:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for MacPhail   Send Email to MacPhail  
Hi all, I had previously posted re: thought I boutght a Whaler in General. What I found I have is a Dell Quay Dory 13. Very nice. Anyway, measuring the transom, I see it measures 17". Will this accomodate only a long shaft (20") outboard?
JBCornwell posted 08-11-2002 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, MacPhail.

I think you need a short shaft engine.

Your transom is "tilted" to some degree. Measure the vertical distance from the mounting edge to the boat bottom. You will probably find it closer to 15".

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Bigshot posted 08-12-2002 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
MacPhail posted 08-12-2002 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for MacPhail  Send Email to MacPhail     
Thanks all, thought I needed a long shaft mounted higher, but short shaft is good. Thanks again
MacPhail posted 08-12-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for MacPhail  Send Email to MacPhail     
Pulled the Dell Quay today and measured center of the transom, vertically, and came up with 17". I have some small digital pics of the setup I can provide.
JustinAndersen posted 08-12-2002 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
I cut my supposed "Whaler teeth" in a Dell Quay - my Dad bought a 17' when I was 5... Nice boats. Congrats. I just added added a 9.9 kicker on my Montauk and I was concerned whether I should have a long shaft or an extra long shaft - there I was with a tape measure in the showroom, comparing it to my measurements of the transom and the specs in the brochure when I had one heck of an idea - let the dealer pick the shaft length - that way if it doesn't work they're on the hook. Let them figure it out even if you go used - after all, you'll probably still go back for maintenance...
Tom W Clark posted 08-12-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Trust me, you want a 15" shaft for your Dory. Transom height is not a super precise dimension. There may well be some deviation between nominal and actual transom height.

MacPhail posted 08-12-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for MacPhail  Send Email to MacPhail     
Ok, short shaft it is. Looking at a Merc 40 4 stroke. Be a great little boat then.

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