Daysailor wannabe cruiser
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Outboard for Ranger 22
Hey y''all. I bought a Ranger 22 a couple of weeks ago and I don't like the Nissan 3.5 that came with it. It runs great but has no reverse gear or external fuel tank. Sometimes I like to just get out and motor around so the dinky little tank doesn't do it for me.
I'm conisdering a Tohatsu 5hp 4 stroke and a yamaha 4 hp four stroke(both 20" shaft). Both are around $1200 new at the stores around here in St. Pete. My Nissan is 40 pounds and the Yamaha and Tohatsu are approx 50 pounds.
I've heard that different manufacturers rate their horsepower differently. I even heard that a 4hp four stroke might have less power than a 3.5 two stroke.
Can anyone clear this up for me?
Oh and I use the boat for day sailing but I want to be able to get back upwind home if I get caught out in the bay in highwinds or a storm.
Boat weighs 2200 pounds dry.