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Re: 4hp outboard motor questions

FYI, if the Tohatsu is only available in a 15" shaft length, then that could tip the balance strongly in favor of the Honda, which shows a 20" shaft length in the link I posted above. While your transom may be only 15" high, you want the prop immersed well underwater so you can motor through chop and also if you're heeled over. Even under bare poles, in a heavy blow your boat could heel over and you want the prop underwater in those conditions.

If the Tohatsu is available in 20" length, then I'd consider that over 15".

By the way, the Honda at boats.net (which I linked) is significantly discounted (35% off MSRP).

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