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Outboards for catalina 22

I'm looking to replace my 6hp Suzuki outboard engine 88 model. It is not very reliable and I don't want to sink anymore money in it.

I just bought the boat last year and had it out a couple of time with motor problems both times, so I don't have a lot of experience with performance with it.

I'm looking at a 6hp Yamaha four stroke to replace it with. Does anyone have any experience with these engines and is a 6hp four stroke enough for this size boat? I thought about something larger but concerned about the weight both from trailering and mount weight.
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Would think that would be plenty big enough. Once you go above 6hp then you're looking at quite a jump in weight as they are all twins I think.
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The sailing club I belong to uses 4hp Mercury outboards on their Catalina 22's. They're plenty powerful enough.

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I had 4hp on mine... Plenty of power
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4Hp with high thrust prop as the standard prop is for a planing hull
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rcoll,

I have the mariner 4 hp on my 21' and have plenty of power. That was as small as you could go and get reverse.

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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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That 4stroke is going to be a LOT heavier than a 2stroke of the same hp.

Are you dead-set against a 2 stroker? I had a Yamaha 8-2stroke and it was probably the
absolute best motor I've owned in my 30 years of boat ownership. Somebody stole it, or
I'd still have it.
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Not knowing where you sail, I would only add the comment that if you are in a bay or ocean the long shaft outboard is what you want. 2hp or 40hp makes no difference if the shaft is not in the water.
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