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If you really only need to putt putt to shore and don't have a current or significant wind to deal with, anything will work. Even rowing.

I find we often use our dinghy to explore the harbor/shallows at anchorage and some destination moorings can be quiet a distance from the dinghy dock. In which case, the extra hp really comes in handy, especially if there are four aboard.

I understand concern over additional weight and cost, but if you can get past that, I opt for more hp.
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SeaFever, I couldn't find any specs for that motor other than the max thrust. My concern is that a trolling motor, (designed typically for aluminum fishing boats) wouldn't provide enough thrust for a long enough time to be practical.

Although a LOT more expensive, I was looking at the new Torqeedo 1003. At about 30 pounds with it's integrated battery, it seems a lot more effective and convenient than the Minn Kota. However, the Minn Kota is a lot cheaper.

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Thanks for all of the replies/feedback, I appreciate it. In talking with the inflatable manufacturer about hp for the motor, he indicated that with a 5-6 hp motor you could get it to plane with 1 person and some gear or maybe with 2 people but anymore than that it would not plane. The 9.9 and 8 hp weighed the same and a friend was selling a very lightly used 9.9 so I went with that. Couldn't pass up the price on the 9.9 so will give it a shot and see how it goes, will post back to here with thoughts/experience once we get out with it a few times this spring. Thanks
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We do 20+ knots in our inflatable and use it to run all over the place. Dinner at the resturant 2 miles up the shore? No problem. A day at the beach? Sure why not.
Some days you just want to play around.
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