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brainiac 10-23-2009 09:47 PM

Outboard recommendations for newbie
Hello all,

The other day I became a new sailboat owner. I'm pretty new at this - I sailed only a few times - and although I spent plenty of time on the water as a kid, this is my first boat of my own.

The boat is a 78 MacGregor 22'. It needs an outboard motor. I'm looking for recommendations on purchasing a new motor. How big? What make & model?


ahab211 10-24-2009 12:11 AM

yamaha longshafts are good. 4 cycles are even better. Good luck

fullkeel7 10-24-2009 02:57 PM


Originally Posted by brainiac (Post 535076)

The boat is a 78 MacGregor 22'. It needs an outboard motor. I'm looking for recommendations on purchasing a new motor. How big? What make & model?


Shouldn't need more than a 4 or 5 hp. OB unless you're dealing with some strong currents in your area. I had a great little 4 hp, 4 stroke Yamaha on a full keeled Typhoon (2K lbs). Plenty of power against the wind on the it should do a good job for you on your Mac-22.:)

sailingdog 10-24-2009 03:11 PM

I wouldn't got much larger than a Tohatsu 3.5 HP four-stroke on that boat. Anything larger is going to be about 70 lbs or more and cause the boat to squat.

hriehl1 10-25-2009 10:45 AM

If you will be using the boat in relatively open water, fighting chop, wind and current on a worst-case basis, I suggest 5-6 HP.

If you are on protected inland water, no current and modest chop, I'd say 3.5 HP will do it.

If your runs under power are less than a 3 or 4 miles and you are daysailing, you may prefer an integral built-in tank... no auxiliary tanks or hoses to clotter the cockpit... fill it at launch and you're good for the day. My 3.3 HP 2-stroke runs full throttle for about 50 minutes on one tank (just over a quart of fuel mix)... plenty for my lake sailing.

2-strokes (no longer sold new but used are listed everywhere) are simpler and lighter, but noisier, smokier and less fuel efficient than 4-strokes.

tommays 10-26-2009 02:17 PM

If you go with a 4 HP Tohatsu (57 lbs)has full FNR you give up reverse on the 3.5 with the 5.9 pitch high trust prop it will move pretty much anything

I just used my 4hp Tohatsu 2 stroke with the 5.9 prop to move and 8000# Cal 29 12 miles at 4.5 knots

smillinjack 10-26-2009 04:54 PM

I bought a wellcraft 22 and put a Honda 100 on it that I bought for $350 and it works great , It weighs in at 74 lbs.

CaptKermie 10-26-2009 05:32 PM

Keep the weight of the engine you choose under 60# because that is about the most you will be able to lug onto the stern and mount. They get pretty heavy and awkward to move around with the long leg. You will be lucky to get 5-6 HP under 60#. Nissan used to make a 2-stroke 9.8 that weighed in at 58#, sure would like to get one.

smillinjack 10-27-2009 05:21 AM

I also have a small 4 hp ,it pushes the boat very good also. I like the 10 hp Honda because it has a charging system. I like the big prop it is very good for pushing you out of the inlets. The little 4hp is for good days. SEE YA.

zz4gta 10-27-2009 09:28 AM

My merit 25 has a 3.5hp on it. No reverse but it's not a problem. With a clean bottom she'll go 4.5-5 knots. Which is plenty unless the waves get big n' nasty.

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