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6hp Saildrive or 8hp regular?
I've got a 24' sailboat (about 3500 lbs) that is currently powered by an 8hp Evinrude 2 stroke. For a bunch of different reasons I'm considering replacing the 8hp with a newer model. At first I was looking at the Honda 4stroke 8hp, but came across a nice deal on a Tohatsu 6hp Saildrive with an extra long shaft.
I understand that the general rule is about 1hp per 500 lbs, so that would suggest the 6hp will be a little underpowered, but I'm curious what difference the high thrust prop on the Saildrive model will make. I also like the appeal of the extra long shaft in a chop, as my current motor will bob out at times. Other advantages of the 6hp is a much lighter weight and a fair bit less expensive, but that will be little consolation if I find myself underpowered when I need it most.
Any thoughts on whether the 6hp Saildrive will work, or if I should stick with an 8hp or even a 9.9?