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One of the features that
attracted me to my Matilda was that a previous owner had put in a motor
To cut a big hole in the
bottom of your boat is a gutsy thing to do but in my experience it works very
well. The one big disadvantage is the space that it occupies in an already small
cockpit. However that space is partially occupied by the swing of the tiller
anyway so not completely usable while underway. There is probably more noise but
newer four strokes are quiet (mine is not new). There will be a bit more exhaust
smell in some conditions. Also, the lower leg remains in the water and produces
some drag. Judging from letters to the Matilda Website my speed seems to be
typical. It is also interesting that by “trimming” the outboard slightly the
rudder can be balanced and the boat will happily sail some points with little or
no pressure on the tiller.
I believe the
advantages outweigh the downsides.
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steering seems to be quite responsive as the motor is positioned on the
midline of the boat where the prop wash is directly in front of the
leg is also protected behind the keel.
The motor is
very easy to start and service from a safe position sitting in the cockpit. I
have read several accounts of people going overboard while trying to deal with
an outboard hanging off the transom.
The motor is protected and not prone to be swamped by a following wave.
a large hole for water in the cockpit so it drains very quickly if
“pooped” by a wave although I haven’t had this happen (yet).
The transom that was in the boat was poorly done so I built a new setup.
The cast aluminum alloy angles were salvaged and modified from a streetlamp
base that found its way into the Whitehorse dump. One on each side would
have been strong enough but two give a very broad base of support with good
backing in the locker. Simple aluminum angle would work fine. The bolts are
5/16” stainless steel and the wood (also rescued from the dump) is a very
dense tropical species which looks and works like teak. Space was left under
the transom and in the corners to allow good drainage from the cockpit.
The fuel line runs into the fuel locker through the small hole near the
The motor is run in a fixed position but the turning radius of the boat is
smaller if both the motor and the rudder are turned.
Although not shown, the tiller just clears the throttle handle in the position
in the vertical position in this photo.
And yes, if you are wondering, the fancy blue gratings ARE plastic bread
delivery trays (Weston; diverted from the waste stream) that are the perfect
Last updated 26 February, 2007 - © Matilda Owners Association.