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post #16 of Old 12-31-2012
ABH3 Boyer
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Re: outboard size for 23-26' boats?

I sail a 26 ft Luger on lake Erie. My motor is a 8 HP evinrude saildrive with an extra long shaft. In normal conditions it is more than enough but I wish I had gone for more power. A 15 or even 20 HP would have been a better choice and well worth the couple of extra pounds that come with it. I also would have went with a 4 stroke over a 2 stroke. When the wind isnt blowing and you need to get home or the storm is on the horizon it would be nice to not have to listen to the 2 stroke screaming.A little more power means less stress on the motor as long as your not running it wide open.
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