I picked up a small dinghy in the black Friday sales to go on the snap davits on the back of our new-to-us 2800 SCR. I'm looking into getting a 6hp 4-stroke motor to put on it (maybe Tohatsu? don't know yet) with an external fuel supply and store the motor in the engine bay when not in use. The Maxum also has a center-mount kicker motor stand, so I'd like to be able to stick the dinghy motor on that stand as an emergency get-home/get-away-from-rocks motor. It obviously won't move us far, but if BoatUS is an hour or two out, I'd like to have some basic motive force.
Our boat's in the water so I can't measure right now, but I'm trying to figure out what length shaft I can get that will clear the transom on the Maxum. I'd rather not have to get an enormous extra-long-shaft since that'll be a pain to deal with on the dinghy, so I'm trying to figure out short I can manage to go. Anyone done this measurement?
The 6hp motors seem to come in 15/20/25 shaft lengths.