Nice call on the ice box and fuel tank! I may have to look into doing that myself.
When I pull my boat out I walk it up the dock with a bow and stern dock line. Works great so far. My motor is port with my batteries and fuel tank to starboard. 4 stroke 7.5 hp Honda
windyway have you tried the motor yet? What speeds to you get? I push at about 6.2 with mine
The issue with an outboard is not max hull speed cause due to hull design, boats are rated at the max speed they can do, unless they can plane...our boats do not plane! LOL What the issue is concerns low speed controllability. The engine I mounted was a Mercury Bigfoot, which is lower geared & has a 20% larger prop. This will allow better response at lower speeds. Alas no I have not had it out yet the boat is on the hard for the winter.