A FOLLOW UP AND REVIEW OF THE DECISIONS MADE AFTER ALL THE SUPER INPUT, Jan 14, 2014. THE MOTOR MOUNT AND ENGINE WERE SELECTED. Thanks guys for all the input. My decision was to get an adjustable motor mount and a LS Nissan 5 hp. Let me explain more, backed up with pictures below. At 74 yrs old, I wanted "simple" and no extra tugging. Gerry at the factory and my dealer, Paul at Masthead Inc. of ST Petersburg, FL, felt I would be fine with the standard mount, but the videos on the web of the engine dragging ever so slightly in the water was not to my taste. The end result is they humored me and put a standard Com-Pac Sun Cat adjustable mount on. After three months of sailing Molly B (delivery Nov 3, 2013), I can say I am REALLY HAPPY with the setup. I found that I can leave the mount in the highest position at all times and never have to move the engine up or down. This includes me going forward (195lbs) with engine prop still remaining in the water. If needed I have two more slots on the mount to lower the engine. Therefore, the only engine movement is when I tilt it up to sail. While sailing, the engine prop is about one foot out of the water under most conditions and with winds in the 15-16 knot range with full sails up about 6 inches above the water. This is on a port tack or the worst conditions to drag a motor. All this happiness was done for about $275 installed at the factory. From the pictures note that the engine sits up high, allowing an almost straight pull of the starter rope and handle. So far I am much happier with the front mount gear lever than the side. This again allows easier access and less leaning to operate. My engine choice is based on my personal experience of having a previous Nissan that worked flawless, especially low idle. This one seems to be doing the same (fingers crossed). The Nissan tilt angle is also a few degrees higher than Yamaha and others. One last thought on the engine-- when looking at the picture the top flange of the engine is just out of the water and really does not look deep enough into the water. However, when I put my 195 lbs in the cockpit it lowers it enough to work under all conditions.
My dealer was most helpful in fitting out the original jib for the roller furling system. With him also being a sail maker, extra important touches like the UV on the edges of the sail and positioning the fair leads on the boat were done and his placement is working just fine. With that addition absolutely all control can be done while in the cockpit.
I have just finished putting in a depth finder located on the center support pole in the cabin and a Ram swing arm (6 inch arm only is needed) that will hold a compass, GPS, and small clock. I chose to put the Depth finder on the center support pole as I found I can read it from anywhere in the cockpit and it is a whole lot easier running the wiring with it there. I can, while in the cockpit, lean in and reach the on/off button on the depth finder. The transducer I placed at the bottom of the center support pole and a little to the left so as to have only the hull to shoot thru. On center line there are several extra layers of glass fabric and the accuracy is affected. With the Depth finder (Hummingbird) on the center pole I found there is just enough room to be comfortable sitting with your back to the pole or as some might be wondering, enough room to put the porta potti. I elected no porta potti as the last 4 boats I have owned, it was never used. That is because I live on the water and come home every night, rarely camping out.
AND FOR THOSE THINKING OF A LEGACY HERE ARE MY ONE LINERS OF WHAT MY CONCERNS WERE BEFORE BUYING AND THE OUTCOME.
* Will water come in the aft cockpit drains? I have not found any water under all conditions.
* If the main sail hangs up coming down can I step into the cabin and reach the mast to pull it down? Yes, one step into the cabin puts you within easy range to handle anything at the base of the mast and boom. In addition, I have found that since the main sail foot is not in a slot in the boom, the opening between the mainsail and the boom makes a perfect grab handle going anywhere on the boat.
* At 74 yrs old can I put the mast, mainsail, AND roller furling up by myself. Yes I can. By standing on the cabin roof I found it to be easier than I thought. I can remember after standing it up saying to myself--- "That really is not a problem". Living on the water, I only put the mast up/down about once every 6 months so really no problem. I did tie the end of the roller furling to the anchor roller while putting the rig up just to keep it out of the way. I recently noticed the original jib halyard roller was left at the mast top. I can see where using that and the roller for the anchor one could very easily work out a system to pull the entire rig up.
* Will the boat be too tender compared to the Sun Cat I am coming off? Yes and No. Yes, as you have read from others the initial "giving" of the boat is a great deal compared to the Sun Cat. It is just the nature of the design, however, once that initial give has taken place it stiffens up. To keep Molly B happy I step to the center as much as possible when going on board and grab the mast or boom.
* Will I be happy with the sailing difference of sloop versus the flat sailing of the Sun Cat? We would each have a different answer here but my personal experience LED ME AWAY from a SunCat because the extra effort putting the main sail up and down with the gaff boom. For me it was a beautiful rig to look at but a pain to get the sail up without hanging that last few feet and especially hard to lower as the mainsail would hang up about 60% of the time coming down. This hanging up while lowering has had many owners putting a down haul -- yes, downhaul on a small rig. Lazy jacks helped on the Sun Cat and is an item I will not be putting on the Legacy as there is just no need for it. Zero problems putting the sail up or down on the Legacy. The halyard layout is supreme on the Legacy. Sailing the Legacy I find to be a pleasure with full control of the sails with the roller furling and allowing less of a sail to contain when bringing the main sail down. As I single hand about 90% of the time the "panic time" to lower the sail and tuck it away is limited, especially on "testy" days --- a time that I really dreaded with the Sun Cat, but find it is NOT A PROBLEM with the Legacy.
* Will the Legacy really fit into my garage. YES, yes, and yes even with the engine on it.
* Can I get away from the awful window leaks the Sun Cats have? YES, yes, and yes. The Legacy, as you know does not have ports that open. As such they are bullet proof (well almost) from having leaks. That is such a joy after spending countless hours trying to cure leaks on the Sun Cat. I have owned two Sun Cats and both had the same window leaking problem. The happy Sun Cat guys are those that lucked out and got a boat with no leaks(rare) or are very good at tearing windows out and replacing them. Taking note on the Trailer Sailor of others with the same problem verifies the leaks.
Thanks, again, from Jerry and Molly B