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I''m buying a 26'' sailboat. Need to buy an outboard. Any advise on what brand. I''m looking for a 4-5hp long shaft. Any brands people have had really good or really bad experience with. Also trying to decide on 2 or 4 cycle. I know the 4 cycle is a lot cleaner, but the 2 cycle weighs less for most brands (~10 lbs less), you never have to worry about changing oil and I''m not worried about efficiency (and I''m not in California). I''m just going in and out from the slip for daysailing. Is there a big difference in noise between 2 and 4 cycle?
Appreciate any and all advise. Rob
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I just bought a Yamaha 4hp 4 stroke. I think it should be fine for my Colgate 26. The company offers a 3.5hp engine as an option with the boat, and they say that is plenty. The Colgate 26 has a displacement of 2600#, so just over 1/2 of the O''Day 26''s weight. We are just motoring a short distance from our dock. Rob
 

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I think that alot of people overpower there sailboats. You may need a bigger engine if you are motoring alot. I plan on sailing most of the time. No cruising. Just need to motor from the slip to the breakwater to sail so I think the 4hp on my 26'' (2600#) boat will work out. Rob ~~~~_/)~~~~
 
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