Originally Posted by andrewalexander
I have an 8 HP Tohatsu and it is way more than enough for the Irwin. I would think the 6 HP will do just fine especially if is the sail pro model with the hi thrust prop and the alternator package. The 8 HP that I have has an electric starter which is a nice feature but not absolutely necessary.
What are the waters like where you are? I'll be sailing an inland lake off of lake Michigan, as well as Lake Michigan. The waters in Lake Michigan can be real rough at times, but that does not stop me from sailing.
Like I said I need this motor to get me out of the marina, to point me into the wind to get my main sail up, and to get through the channel that connects the inland lake to the Big lake. Usually there is a head wind in the channel.