Hi, first post and all. I just acquired this VN23 and she needs a motor. I have a new 4 stroke motor mount picked out - but need some help in the motor department. This boat will be on Bull Shoals lake in Arkansas, and the motor will be used alot. I don't even plan on stepping the mast this year, just hitting the lake and using it as a swim/party platform. I am looking at the 5hp Tohatsu Sail Pro Propane engines - I love propane motors. My previous boat was a wing keel Catalina 22 on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and I put a new 4 stroke Tohatsu 6 hp gas motor on it, I liked the motor, but I only used that motor to get in and out of the marina, I plan to use this one much more. Is this enough motor for putting around all day, with up to four people and stuff? No hurry getting anywhere... Do I need to go bigger? The main pro of a 9.9 for me is available electric start, my arthritis is only getting worse - but then I lose the propane option. Decisions, decisions.
The boat weighs 2000#'s by the way.
Thanks in advance.