8hp honda tip
I have an 8hp honda on my sailboat. Mine is the longshaft model. I was able to redesign my motor mount to allow enough depth when running yet also the motor clears the water when tipped. It will touch occasionally in waves, when I am on starboard tack, but not normally.
I basically made a new wooden block to bolt to the mount that was a couple inches taller than the old one, moving the entire engine up. It only required some plywood, wood glue and patience. I made mine a couple inches too long on purpose, and then cut it to length afterwards.
I know why you don't want to be taking that 8hp off all the time. They aren't light weights.