My 2 cents:
On my 1974 CAL 21, I had a 9.9 Yamaha 4 stroke, was too much weight and too much power but good for long distance. Then I tried electric 34 lbs trust trolling motor, got for getting in and out of the harbor but lousy in headwind conditions. I now have an old '68 Mercury 2 stroke 6 HP and it gets me in and out for the harbor and I sail West Coast Ocean (Dana Point, CA) and I have plenty of power to move 4 adults and 2 kids in case of fog or emergency returns. Personally I wold not go any bigger than 5 HP.
I am looking to get a 2.5-3.5 HP in the future since I rather save weight on the boat, since even the 6 HP motor is a lot of weight on the boat in the water and on the trailer. I trailer 1 hr trough mountains, so I want to keep it light.
Hope that helps a bit. Happy Sailing!
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