I searched the forum for info but couldn't find anything recent and I need the latest.
I'm moving up to a Catalina 25 (Yay Me!
) but the boat and engine are both from 1982. Also, I have a wealthy aunt who might be getting very clumsy in June or July;
So an upgrade from the 1982 9.9 Evinrude SailMaster 2 stroke is likely to happen (her home has very steep stairs and her meds make her a little unsteady).
My reading leads me to believe that there is no reason to get the 9.8hp, because all it does is rev higher than the 8.0; as a full displacement hull, I can't use the extra RPM (she could take a bath and slip beneath the water; it happens all the time).
BUT the Tohatsu 9.8 (MFS9.8EFUL) has a 25" shaft and comes with a 8.7"x5.0" 4 blade prop;
The 8hp (MFS8A3EFL) only has a 20" shaft and is listed with a 8.5x8.0 3 blade prop;
(She sometimes leaves the gas stove on and wanders out of the room; very troubling)
I know I can get a better prop for the 8hp, maybe even get it included and not have to pay for the standard one, but the longer shaft is worth the money (about $250 more) because it's deeper (duh!) and swings a slightly larger prop (she invites strangers into her home; it's really just a matter of time).
Long post short (that poor woman; we're all very concerned) does Tohatsu/Nissan offer the 8hp 4stroke with a 25" shaft?
They offer a 6hp SailPro with a 25" leg, why not an 8hp?