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I would consider the new Tohatsu Sail Pro 6hp. It has a high thrust prop, 25" shaft, and an alternator to charge your batteries. It's a pretty good deal at under $1500, and half as heavy as the comparable Honda. It has zinc coated water passages, sacrificial zincs, 4 stroke with fuel injection, low oil alarm, all the good stuff.
That's what I am thinking about for my Haida 26. I am satisfied with 3kts cruising speed, it saves on gas. The 6 is totally capable of hitting hull speed, just at high RPM, which shortens the engine life. I currently have a 2001 Honda 8hp that has seen better days. PO was in a hot and salty marina with no zincs and less maintenance.