Hi Suijin, it was mainly the flood this year that persuaded me to go bigger. This last summer we had two floods where everyone moved their boats down river to a bend where the water
was not running so fast and the logs
and weed tended to go past. Boats were lost
, one boatie drowned, many boats drifted and had to be chased down the river and caught. I didn't have too many dramas but it was close. At one point I was standing on shore waiting for my friend to pick me up in his fast dinghy while watching the water rise and my boat on its mooring
slowly getting pulled under. He didn't turn up. Luckily I hitched a lift
with another bloke. Later I found my mate and son-in-law had been busy rescuing one of their boats that was in trouble. With the bigger motor
I should not have any problems coming up against the flood with two people on board. It's just insurance
against some of the problems here with the river.
If my boat was moored at the coast I would probably go for a 5 hp as most of the time only me and less tricky conditions.