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16hp is toward the low end of what many would deem acceptable for a boat that size. Ted Brewer recommends 3 to 4 hp per ton (long ton; i.e., 2240 lbs.) for sailboats. A Pearson 34 is about 5 tons, or about 3.2 hp/ton with the 16 hp motor. My guess is that 16 hp would push that boat at just about hull speed on a flat calm day, and would probably be sufficient to motor into all but the strongest winds, albeit at a speed somewhat less than hull speed.
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