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Islander 21 Motor Well

There are a few names for a Transom Well, Motor Well, Inboard Outboard Well, Engine Mount Well, and I’m sure there are others.  I wanted to post a few more pictures of the engine mount well in my Islander 21′ sailboat for the folks at the Facebook Islander Sailboat Owners group.

Here’s my old 1967 Johnson 6hp outboard in the engine mount well:

EngineMountWell-1967Johnson6hp-IslanderSailboatInfo
EngineMountWell-1967Johnson6hp-IslanderSailboatInfo

Here’s my Dad working around the new 2014 Suzuki 6hp outboard in action in the motor well.  The echo of the motor in the empty cabin below decks can be a bit loud, and the tiller doesn’t rest nicely, but (especially solo) it’s much easier to manhandle the outboard in the cockpit rather than out over the stern:

EngineMountWell-2014Suzuki6hp-IslanderSailboatInfo
EngineMountWell-2014Suzuki6hp-IslanderSailboatInfo

The well from the top shows its rectangular shape:

EngineMountWell-Top-IslanderSailboatInfo
EngineMountWell-Top-IslanderSailboatInfo

I didn’t measure too carefully, but it seems the bottom tapers in a bit:

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EngineMountWell-BottomLip-IslanderSailboatInfo

This is a picture looking straight up from below, I like it because of the blues and whites.  Also notice the lip all the way around where the bottom plate must have fit:

EngineMountWell-Bottom-IslanderSailboatInfo
EngineMountWell-Bottom-IslanderSailboatInfo

My buddy Jon was stomping on the top plate to keep the chop from splashing into the cockpit, and has his right hand out the back on the outboard tiller handle when the engine was on the transom outboard motor mount.  Notice the top plate has small hole next to the cleat / handle.  I think a bolt went down and attached to the bottom plate to hold it in place there, and perhaps a previous owner unbolted it at the wrong time and lost the bottom plate:

EngineMountWell-TopCover-IslanderSailboatInfo
EngineMountWell-TopCover-IslanderSailboatInfo

Here’s a fantastic article on how to create an outboard motor well http://www.atomvoyages.com/articles/improvement-projects/249-outboard-1.html

And there’s a lively discussion here on the pros and cons of the motor well http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?148251-Outboard-motor-wells

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2 thoughts on “Islander 21 Motor Well”

  1. Back in the late 1970s I had an Islander 21. It came with a fitted fiberglass “bucket” to fill the outboard well when it wasn’t in use. I wasn’t crazy about the 2-stroke exhaust from the Johnson 6 long shaft outboard, which flowed up from the well, filled the cockpit, and eventually flowed over the edge. Maybe my outboard was especially smokey! While living in Saratoga Springs, I had Scarano Boat Works install a Volvo Penta Sail Drive in the boat where the outboard well was. The engine was a Honda 10 HP outboard powerhead mated to a through-hull lower unit. It worked very well indeed and was a wonderful change- it had a proper engine single-lever control for forward-reverse and speed. The prop was right in front of the rudder and gave great control. It was a sweet rig.

    1. Thanks for sharing that Earl, that sounds amazing! If you ever dig up any old photos please let me know.

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