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What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...
For a 23 footer 5hp is plenty. I run a 9.9 on my 29. I draw near 6 feet. It came stock with a 15 hp saildrive. That unit was OLD and the prop was alot smaller than the 9.9 merc I am running now. Mine is long shaft so I can kep the prop in the water on heavey chop. If you have less freeboard you might be able to use a short shaft but why???? Without props in the water when I am sailing now I have picked up almost 2 knots of speed. A 9.9 is still to much motor for a 23....