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9.9 hp is way too much hp for a 22 foot boat!
I have a 25' full deep keel boat weighing 4,000 lbs. and down sized my engine from an 8 hp Honda to a 6 hp Nissan extra long shaft and it is entirely satisfactory with it's 2.15::1 gear ratio. I think that anything less will be like starting a car in 3rd gear. Nissan's 6" pitch is perfect for a sailboat and gives more than adequate thrust.
The reason for the change was weight.
Weight in the stern is slow.
Rethink your hp requirements, after all you do not want a tug boat.
Last edited by Flybyknight; 05-09-2011 at 05:25 PM.