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What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...
Just a quick comment about the Briggs and Stratton air cooled 5hp 4-stroke. I researched these last summer for my 20'' Ensenada. They are intended for fresh water use, but may be used in salt water. Doing so, however, voids the 2 year warranty. It was suggested that with proper cleaning, care and protection (during storage), the engine should function fine in a salt water environment. I never learned exactly what part(s) of the engine are susceptible to salt air exposure.
I know you asked for 22''+ boats and mine is only 20'', but here is my 2 cents worth. I ended up purchasing a new 5hp Suzuki 2-stroke. Those of you who are really paying attention will say that Suzuki no longer makes any 2 strokes, and this is true. But my local supplier had 3 left in stock (still in the cartons). They were selling them for under $700 with full warranty. For this price I could not refuse, and I have been most please with the motor. It provides plenty of power for getting out to the bay. I can achieve hull speed at about half throttle. Though we have weak tides here (Florida Panhandle), they move through a relatively narrow channel, creating 4+ knot currents. The 5 hp has been more than adequate for my needs. BTW I had considered a short shaft, but after measuring, based on where my motor mount was located, I decided the long shaft was the only way to go. Happy motoring!