I wasn't aware that B&S made outboards... 4 stroke is good, generally heavier but aircooled makes for less weight too, I suppose. (is it air cooled??)
The noise issue may become significant if you do much "cruising" as opposed to simply daysailing and only motoring in and out of marinas or launch areas...
Two things from Denise's link... short shaft only - that could be a problem depending on the lake and conditions, and it's also "no longer available" - though that could be just from that supplier...
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