A long-shaft (20") outboard is usually recommended for a large cat-a-raft. But, if I swapped out the straight cross-bar at the stern of my frame for a curved foot-bar, I could lower the "transom" enough that a short-shaft (15") outboard could easily reach the water.
Has anyone else tried this approach?
If yes, are there any problems (or advantages) that you encountered?
I'm looking to get the lightest rope-start 20-hp outboard available, and right now, that's the Suzuki DF20 @ only 97 lbs. But, for some strange marketing reason, Suzuki only offers this in the short-shaft configuration. Their long-shaft DF20 comes with a combination electric & rope start, and the weight goes up to 108#. That's still lighter than the other brands of long-shaft rope-starts: Honda 110#, Yamaha 115#, Mercury & Tohatsu 118#. But, that 97# Suzuki sure sounds good to my aging back, and it comes with EFI, too.
PS - My other option is to over-load my Leopard as bad as I did last summer on the Forty-Mile; I could have used a 10" outboard (if they made such a thing) since my frame's floor was touching the water most of the time. But like I said, I trying to lighten things up!