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need hoursepower advice

hello, I have a 26 foot folkboat knockoff that used to have a 5-6 hp diesel inboard and presently have a 5hp gas honda that does not seem as it would have the ability to rescue me if it came to it. anyone out there with ideas as to size for an outboard for a full/modified keel @5400lbs.any ideas or expieriances would be helpful thanx...........jeff p
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I was running a Johnson 9.9 HP two-stroke outboard on a Catalina 22 that had a gross weight around 2,500 pounds. I'd think that you'd want at least a 15 HP four-stroke outboard.
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I would agree with you that the 5 horse outboard is insufficient for that boat. I had a similar boat (Eastwind 24) that had an 8 hp inboard and found myself in several situations where that was not enough. One time, I could not make the harbor against the wind and seas.

A 9.9 should work very well in protected waters. If you are on the Great Lakes or the ocean you would like an inboard a lot more.

Diesels are seemingly a different matter. I am sure someone can tell you better than I about them. I have my first diesel on my Nassau 34 and it is rated at 27 horse. My old Irwin had a 30 horse gas, but the diesel on the heavier Nassau seems to have alot more power. i think it is a matter of torque, but I really don't know. I am hoping someone will fill us in on this.
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