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Re: outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??
I had a 16ft Wayfarer, and with a 3.5 Tohatsu 4-stroke it would do 6 kts, with the bow up high. It was almost thinking of planing. A 2.5 would have been sufficient.
So I think a 2.5 would be fine on your boat. I've had a Tohatsu 3.5 and Suzuki 2.5, both 4-strokes. The Tohatsu was better engineered - just an impression of the quality. However, there's no weight benefit of a Tohatsu 2.5 over the 3.5 - they're the same weight.
I wouldn't turn down a good condition used 2 stroke, they are very light and powerful. Given the fuel economy or lack of it, I'd go with a small external gas tank, say 3 gallons.
One consideration, if you have an engine with integral tank, it's rather tricky refueling if it's hanging off the stern on a bracket, especially in a chop.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 04-10-2013 at 02:32 AM.