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Re: Outboard Engines Limit
If your boat likes to "hobbyhorse" in a head sea, you might find your outboard not getting enough water to drink or to "drive" when the bow dips and stern rises. Cavitation, overspeeding, and overheating are the result.
The one place you need reliable power in rough weather is if you're trying to claw your way off a lee shore, and can't do it under sail alone.
If you aren't in that kind of geography, then good. I've found outboards to be reliable and wonderful in light air and sea conditions, all day and all night. But I respect their limitations compared to a fixed prop way beneath the waterline, and in front of a nice big rudder.