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Re: Any Mirage 26 with outboard??
Inland lakes, the mirage would be nicely driven by a 6hp long shaft outboard... if only semi protected waters, I'd be looking towards 9.8hp.
Lets talk Tohatsu, as they actually make the Merc so the motors are the same (essentially).
The 6hp is 55lbs
The 8hp is 81lbs
The 9.8hp is 81lbs..
So if you are going to 8hp, might as well go 9.8
Also there is a substantial weight difference between the older used 2stroke motors of various horsepower, and the newer 4 stroke motors. Pay careful attention to the actual weight of the outboard. Modern garelick outboard mounts will have designations by HP rating, and will define that rating as either for 4 stroke or 2 stroke... you'll note that a 4stroke outboard bracket rated for 8-12hp will have beefier springs than a 2 stroke outboard bracket for same. Most will now show ratings for max weight as well as type of outboard, make sure you don't exceed the rating for the bracket.
Agreed with others, you'll need to beef up your tramsom with some kind of heavy duty backing plate.
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