# Recommend me an angle of attack for outboards on a catamaran

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Wally2, Jun 2, 2019.

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### Wally2New Member

I'm working on permanently setting the angle of the outboards on a Schionning Waterline1480.

It's hard to get a measurement but I'm going to take it with a level across the exhaust exit cone on the back of the prop while at rest in the marina.

Do I want a bit of lift ? ......... 2° ?

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### Mr EfficiencySenior Member

Can you explain this a little ?

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### fallguySenior Member

Most outboards run at 12 degrees. I built a cat transom recently at 14 degrees. It is easy to trim up, bit trimming down requires wedges, so I get 2 degrees of no need for wedges.

I also planned for my transom to run the engines a bit deep to avoid cavitation in rough stuff, but they ended up about at spec for the fact I wrapped all the glass around the top (8 layers of 1700). Turns out I forgot glass thickness, so was glad I built it an inch deep. I mighy try to vac a piece of aramid on the top for anti-theft as well.

The angle is set by the transom angle buildout. That is transom angle to design waterline.

Not sure why you would mess with the engine. The engine maker has a spec sheet with that info.

Assuming the vessel is sitting on her lines; you measure the existing transom against a plumb level into a motorwell.

The distance from the top of the transom to the bottom of the well is a hypotenuse. The distance to a square line off the horizon (waterline) is an opposite angle. The distance up is the adjacent angle.

The math is simple.

Example- 7" motorwell angle
Vertical height 6.847"
Cosin^-1 (6.847/7) = 12 degrees.

Or
Horizontal distance from top of transom to edge of square. 1.455"
Sin^-1 (1.455/7) = 12 degrees

Metric is easier here, btw.

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### goodwilltoallSenior Member

I would say perpendicular with waterline is best

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### fallguySenior Member

?

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### kapnDSenior Member

Pictures speak volumes!

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### Wally2New Member

Where the outboard leg exits the hull through the cetreline it is in water that is (hopefully) following the lines of the hull. Which is curving up at this point.

Would I be better to:
A). Conform to the water flow
B). Parallel to the waterline (at rest or dynamic)
C). Angle up to reduce squat

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### Mr EfficiencySenior Member

Won't make much difference, but parallel to water surface is probably the best way.

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### BlueBell. . . . .

I believe Goodwilltoall may mean so that the prop is vertical, zero angle.
And for the most part, I would agree.

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### fastsailingSenior Member

How many degrees is the difference between A) and B) ?
If > 10 degrees, orient axis of the prop in the middle of those a closely as practically possible.
If it's between 5...10 degrees, no more than 5 degrees off either one for the prop axis.
If' it's less than 5 degrees orient the prop axis anywhere between those as you like.
Just how powerful outboards do you have, if you really think it makes any measurable difference in squat for a cat over 14 meters in length?
In most cases it does not make a difference.

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