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For a boat of that light displacement, any more than 5 hp is, in my opinion, too much. The light weight of the ever-more-efficient 2 strokes is an advantage, along with lower initial cost, while the oil mixing issue remains a bit of a pain.

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Many of the small (5hp and less) motors are made by the same manufacturer regardless of the brand (eg - Merc & Nissan 5 hp both made by Tohatsu.) Interestingly Nissan offers twice the warranty.

While the exhaust at the prop can be a problem in reverse, many of these small motors allow 360 degree rotation, allowing you to "Back up" with the motor spun around in FWD gear - no exhaust in the prop.
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It might be one more option to take into considderation.
Wold you be in need of battery charging? No utboard charges very good, but at least it may provide som extra for navigation lighs etc. Check if the engine at least have the possibility to be equipped with a charge system. Below 8 hp that is rather rare.
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If your SF22 has the "instantilt" option - ie the motormount is in the well - you need to look for a 9.9 HP Johnson/Evinrude. This particular motor has an extremely compact powerhead and the Instantilt option was built around that one motor. The 9.9 is more than adequate for almost all situations.

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THANK YOU!!! Everyone who posted their thoughts, I really appreciate your help. It turns out I went with a SUZUKI 4-stroke, DF9.9. Its got an electric start (and pull start), its got a battery charging coil as well as the proper shaft length of 20". I'll update with my results after launch - thanks again!!!
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