More power is nice. You will find that out when you want to hold the bow high for a dry and smother ride when there is a chop. Speed does come in handy as it increases your range.
2 cycle is preferred by me, much simpler and lighter. As you say you can run them dry, lay them down anyway you want and they are ready to run when you need them. A 15hp 2 stroke Johnson/Evinrude weighs 87 lbs. A 6 hp is about 50 lbs.
I find the 87 lbs to be the max I want to handle on a moving boat.
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