I went with a Honda 2.3hp air cooled motor. It weighs about 30 pounds. I would assume that's not significant enough to dramatically effect sailability. 99.9% of the time, it will be just me and the wife, maybe my dog. As I said, all criteria I had went before performance. A nice sail where we aren't hiking the boat and not constantly worrying about capsize is the biggest consideration. I had to buy a boat not just for me, but for my wife too. If I scare her, there won't be much more sailing happening. As for beaching, I would rather anchor slightly off shore vs raking the boat over a shoreline.
Go sailing now my brother,
It's later than you think.
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