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IMO 2 strokes will out perform and provide greater reliability than the complex engined 4 stroke, they are also substantially lighter....due to less parts being used during construction.
Over the years (40+) having used 15, 25, 70, 90 and 115hp 2 strokes on my various Tenders I have NEVER had one breakdown or even foul a plug.
I guess if you're a maintenance guy like me you'll make sure she's looked after....i.e. Lower unit gear oil, spare lower unit seal set,
spare plugs and plug wrench just in case, correct mix of 2 stroke oil with fresh mid grade fuel.
Sounds as if the OP should dump the sail boat and purchase a nice little cabin cruiser.