We purchased a 17' Hunter at the end of last summer. We had difficulty hoisting the sails, as the wind kept pushing us back to the marina. We are considering a small trolling motor to get us away from the dock, so this action can be completed safely. My concern is: would the motor interfere with the rudder? Hunter does sell a motor mount, so this probably isn't an issue? Does anyone have any experience/advice? We sail Kentucky Lake. We used to sail Lake Michigan on a Catalina 22 with a trolling motor. We would sail out of the harbor prior to hoisting the sails. I truly appreciate any input or advise.