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I sailed a C-22 on the Tybee Island Georgia coast for a few years. The tides there are fierce. We are talking sweep you away kind of fierce. The boat started out with a Chrysler 4 HP. This motor came with the boat so I rebuilt it and used it for the first year. 4 HP had no problem pushing the boat regardless of the tide and wind. The second year I bought a rebuilt Johnson Seahorse 6 HP. This motor had no issues either though hull speed was reached at just over 1/4 throttle in calm conditions. The 4 HP required 1/2 throttle to do the same. The 6 HP really shined when there was more than two people on board and the tides/wind were against me. With the 4 HP, 5 people and against the tide/wind, I had to go to 3/4 throttle + to maintain hull speed where as with the 6 HP she would do it at 1/2 throttle all day long. Fuel consumption was about the same for both because of the throttle difference. So, if you are on a lake or somewhere calm, save some money and weight and look at 4's. Coastal sailing- go with a 6.
Also, If I am not mistaken, Yamaha and Mercury outboards under 8HP are rebranded Tohatsu outboards. The price difference is amazing. And to answer your original question, I know of three Tohatsu/Mercury/Yamaha outboards that have been on the back of sailboats under ocean conditions for years with nothing more than normal maitenance. I prefer pre 1980's Johnson/Evinrude motors because I can fix them....
FWIW- I know of a few people who swear by putting 9.9's and above on the back of a C-22. I will keep my heated comments to myself but trust that a C-22 does NOT need anything bigger than a 6 unless you are using it as a tugboat.....
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