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03-13-2004 07:10 PM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I use to push my Columbia 22 with a 1.2 HP British Seagull. Averaged about 3.5 knots with a clean bottom. She didn’t come out of the hole like a dragster but it was all I needed. When there was wind, I was sailing. When I absolutely needed it, the power was there. I went hundreds of miles with that motor and it never bothered it. Your deuce is going to put out X amount of thrust be it on the back of a 6 foot “blow-up doll” or the “QEII”. It makes no difference to that motor. You’re not going to hurt it pushing your 23 footer any more then it would be pushing your skiff.

There are many questions that need to be answered when considering a new motor like; your intended cruising ground conditions; currents; weather; docking or mooring area congestion; and your own sailing abilities and time constraints to name a few. The 15 HP may be there because a past owner may have needed to get somewhere fast when called, say like a doctor needing to get in to the emergency room, or the guy who’s wife really didn’t enjoy being out there and when she wanted to come in, he wanted her to see the wake dropping behind as he hit the gas!

Sure, the 4-6 HP range sounds good, but you may be okay with the deuce or you may need an 8 or 9.9 HP. It all depends on the answers.
03-11-2004 06:12 AM
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!

03-10-2004 05:00 PM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I was under the impression that the Briggs & Stratton motors were for use in fresh water only. Have they changed their design in the last 10 months or so to allow use in salt water? If not (and I''d check the manual), I''d be careful using it around the outerbanks--corrosion is the problem, methinks!
03-04-2004 03:42 PM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I would undoubtely stay fixed to the 15 HP outboard.

Switching to a 10 HP will not make any change, since it weights the same as a 15 HP. And even a 6 HP, or a 2 HP outboard could move your boat, that is true in a quiet sea with no wind. In a choppy sea, aginst wind and current, your 6 HP outboard will hardly motor windward, if not backwards.
In this case you will need a long shaft. Short shaft are designed for dingies.

If you want to get rid of your 15 HP, I would rather buy a pair of oars instead a 6 HP.


03-03-2004 04:47 AM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I have a 24 venture (1800#) ? I use a 34lb trolling motor to get out of the cove ¼ mile about 2knots speed . I have a 1971 clinton 7HP that really pushes it around . I plan on going to the coast and sailing in the sounds and to the outerbanks of NC . I was not sure about the durability of the clinton so I bought a new Briggs and Stratton 5 hp 4 stroke . It pushes the boat around as well as the clinton 7 , and being 4 stroke ,is cleaner to the water .
03-02-2004 05:39 AM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I think that 2 to 2.5 HP per 1,000 lbs of loaded boat is current wisdom on powering displacement boats, but it is quite important to get the long leg shaft. My cruising equipped C-22 is powered by a 4 stroke Nissan 6 hp long shaft and it has proven itself in whitecaps and 30+ knot headwinds to be enough power. The 2 HP Evinrude with conventional leg was OK on flat water, slow--but got me into trouble in winds.
03-01-2004 06:47 PM
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What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I think it depends on how much you use your current motor. I''ve got a Honda 2hp for my 27'' boat (2450#) and it gets the job done nicely at 5K and 1qt fuel/hr at full throttle. But I sail in & out of my slip. I only hang the motor few time a year to get back to the slip. The rest of the time, it''s secured below. And while it only weights 28#, it''s got to be dead calm before it come out.

As for durability, a guy in Hawaii with the same boat uses his Honda 2hp to motor back & forth between Islands (although I''ve never been in Hawaii when the Trade Winds wern''t blowing at least 10-15k).
03-01-2004 02:18 PM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

4 hp would work ( but you might have push the throttle if there is any type of current going against your boat) I have a 6hp 4 stroke Nissan and it pushes my 22'' at hull speed at 3/4 throttle. Get the 20"long shaft. A short shaft can cavitate in any type of chop
03-01-2004 08:35 AM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

If you sail on an inland lake, 4 hp is probably OK, but if you sail in tidal waters, I would suggest about a 6-8 hp, and a long shaft. Most of the time you won''t need that much power, but when you''re up against a strong tidal current or higher-than usual winds, a little extra power would be helpful.
03-01-2004 08:04 AM
What size motor would be best (or do you have) for ...

I used to run my Puma 23 (3-4,000 lbs) just fine with a long shaft 4hp Evinrude. Whether you NEED a long shaft would depend on how far into the water you can lower the engine - I would think most sailboats benefit from the long shaft - deeper is fundamentally better...

Good luck.
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