motor size and speed
I have Niagara 26 with 1700 lbs ballast,4000 lbs displacement, 26''8" LOA, 23''0" LWL, 8''4" beam. Currently using Honda 7.5 4 stroke circa 1979. The motor works reasonably well but is due for replacement.
I have been considering long shaft 9.9 but recently saw a Yamaha 8HP high displacement O/B which had a much larger and flatter prop. When in choppy waves attempting to motor thru 35+ Knots wind we were making approx 2 knots speed over ground. In this situation would the 8HP high displacement be the way to go or should I condsider 9.9 or more? Weight has something to do with it but I am more concerned about having lots of motor when I get stuck in bad conditions.
Any thoughts or comments?