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Re: Outboard Help
I had a 6 hp 2 stroke on a 2500# displacement catboat. Even with its wide beam, the catboat was reasonably happy with the 6 hp motor in our tidal waters, where 2 kts is not uncommon and the max can be 4+ kts. I tried a 2 hp motor on it once, but it was only suitable in calm conditions and slack tide.
I now have a 10 hp Honda 4 stroke on my 150#, 10' hard bottom inflatable dinghy. That motor weighs about 100#, and that does not include a fuel tank. My old 6 hp 2 stroke weighed 56 # by comparison. 100# may not seem like a lot, but it is a bear to put it on or take it off the dinghy. You would need a lift to install it on your bracket.
BTW, all of my outboards were standard length. A long shaft version would probably run a few pounds heavier.