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Re: 3.5 HP outboard for Venture 21? (vs. 8HP)

The numbers are more than just the boat being 25% longer. It's deeper, wider and heavier. The 3.5 will do fine in flat water and light winds. But if you really need to get home due to impending weather, etc. , do you want to depend on a 3.5. If you already have the 8 HP, it would be prudent to stay with an engine that will get you home when things turn ugly and you most need it. We have extensive time on the Chesapeake and I wouldn't be on the Bay in our dinghy and a 3.5. Chuck
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