Outboard recommended for Helms 24
I have a Helms 24 in Virginia on the Chesapeake bay. I need to replace the engine. It previously had a Nissan 9.8 HP long shaft and I have been planning to replace it with the same. I have been thinking about an extra long shaft: in rough weather the long shaft sometimes would come out of the water and it was hard on the back to raise and lower the auxillary outboard bracket all the way down. I also am not sure if I need that much horsepower. Any thoughts?