Hi Peter,
you performed a survey on the Seaway in the thread below. I am happy to report that she has
run reliably for the past 2 years.
I am considering going to a Topaz 24 with in-line drive. The boat would be tied to my dock on
an estuary that is soft mud at low tide (stepping into it I sink ~ 9"). Would I risk damaging the
prop, rudder or seal for the driveline by allowing the boat to settle in the mud at low tide?
see attached file for picture of prop and rudder.

thanks for your help.
K

Peter Spang <pspang@turnstonemarinesurvey.com> wrote:

K,
I see your logic but I strongly advise against an inboard (or inboard/outboard) configuration if
it's going to ground itself twice a day. Even though the mud is soft the still floating boat will be
trying to move around while the prop, strut and rudder are stuck in the mud. Looks like this
boat has trim tabs as well. No doubt that damage will occur. Unless you can dredge out a hole
under the stern area, stick with an outboard for this environment. (In general you will find an
inboard to be a PIA in any shallow water environment and regret buying it)
I appreciate your question, Pete


Hi Pete-
thanks for your quick and sage response... it appears an OB is the best way to go for my
situation.
I was mainly concerned with engine noise at cruising speeds. The new OBs are wonderfully
quiet at idle but preclude conversation at high speeds... not sure a diesel inboard would be
any better but was investigating the option.
I am willing to admit my piloting skills are a factor but the Seaway feels a little too short and
light for anything over a medium chop. My friend has an Eastern 22 and it pounded through
wind-whipped 3 footers at 20 knots with a feeling of safety. The Seaway would have done it
but at half that speed...
Any suggestions for a boat under 24 feet that I can moor in the mud and take the family out to
Stellwagon to watch whales and not worry about a normal change in sea conditions?

thanks
K
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