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that depends where are you going to sail her that is just get in and out on smooth lake in the gulf were Isail you are in trouble you need at least a 7 h.p. and that is with your hull speed conserded if your on a small lake your ok.Rick
 

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I also have a 2600# disp, 26ft sloop (same boat as rbh1515) and it has a Nissan 3.5hp 2 stroke. With little/no current I make about 5kts SOG in forward, almost the computed hull speed. I don''t think I need more power than that. It is very loud (forget about hearing the VHF), vibrates the whole boat and has a tiny internal tank with gravity feed only and that needs refilling every 40 minutes or so (at full throttle) from a gerry can. If you are in a slip and would like to back in or out, a motor with FNR gears that can throttle up in R would be a better bet. The Nissan 3.5A starts in gear and to go in R you turn the motor around. If you throttle up at all, the plastic fitting that is supposed to stop the motor from kicking up slips its coupling. I''m on a mooring so I don''t really use reverse, and this little thing is fine for my everyday needs. But not being able to hear the VHF and the probability of spillage while refueling are not exactly endearing features.

Rob - how does the C26 like having 50# plus fuel on its tail? Does the external tank fit into the starboard locker?

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Discussion Starter · #25 ·
Mike-
Actually just bought my boat and its not in the water yet--waiting to have the bottom painted. A friend in Milwaukee also has a Colgate 26 and has a 5hp 4 stroke Nissan (around 60#''s). It is about 10#''s heavier than the Yamaha, and he says it works great. Remember, the boat was designed to have an instructor in the stern, and that could add a couple hundred pounds. I usually won''t have anyone back there unless my wife lets the 5 & 8 year olds go back there (fat chance).
The Yamaha 4 stroke I''m told is whisper quiet and doesn''t vibrate, and has FNR. It has an small internal tank (I think about 2 liters). The engine is much more efficient than a 2 cycle, so it wont need to be filled often. Also you can plug in an external tank if you want--don''t think I''ll need it.
Cost was $1030. I couldn''t find a lighter 4 or 5 hp 4 stroke outboard than the Yamaha, and they have an excellent reputation. Also, I''m keeping the boat at a slip, so I need the FNR.
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I have a 9.9 Nissan Four Stroke on my 22Ft Columbia.
It weighs at 112Lb. but it pushes the boat great. It does not fit into the well anymore so I have it on a 4 stroke outboard bracket on the transom. It is quiet, clean and it charges my battery.
 

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I had my maiden voyage on my Colgate 26 today. My Yamaha 4 stroke 4hp worked great. Pushed the boat right along and was very quiet with minimal vibration. Pretty good for a 50 lb motor pushing a 2600 lb Colgate 26. The level of the gas in the internal tank barely budged. Also, the Colgate 26 was fantastic to sail--was incredibly fast and comfortable. Good combination.
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