Long vs Short Shaft

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by alands94, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Hello,

    I apologize in advance if this sounds like a dumb question. I bought my first boat last year and am selling it due to the fact that I bought a nicer boat a few weeks ago. I've had several inquiries as to whether or not my motor is a long or short shaft. I understand a short shaft is considered to be 15" and a long shaft 20". My motor is a 25 hp Mercury and measures 18" from the top of the transom/mounting clamp bracket to the cavitation plate. Since it is about halfway between the two, I am not sure what to call it. Should I call this a long shaft motor?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    Good question. I never could figure that out either, that's why I built a jackplate, so my 25 Merc would fit the boat, raising it 3".

    On thinking about it, I'd call it a short shaft, because it certainly wouldn't work on a 20" transom.
     

  3. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    That's a good point, exactly why I asked my question. It fits perfect on my boat, but not sure about others. I'd hate to tell someone it is a short shart when it is really a long and vice versa.
     
  4. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    It is billed as a short shaft. On the OMC's I could show you how to ID those shafts but on the others I have to measure.