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Old 05-08-2010
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Not particularly...idling any internal combustion engine for long periods of time is generally a bad idea. Also, if you kill the engine, you can often raise it up out of the water, reducing the boat's drag and increasing the speed you can reach under sail. I have a 20 HP Honda outboard and when I lift it out of the water, I pickup almost a knot of boat speed, if not a bit more.

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Sorry, I should've stated that my motor is a Yamaha 8hp 4-stroke gasoline outboard motor. So does this change anything?
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