Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
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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.