SC, I feel for you trying to make all of these decisions. It ain't easy. One of the beauties of your boat is simplicity and light weight. The factor of power when you need to make headway against tide and wind is another. Always a dance, heh?
Balancing the needs of piloting and weight are a complex issue on light multihulls. One thing I might suggest is to slow the process down a little bit and give yourself time to learn the boat better and think out options very carefully.
I would not put two outboards on it for reasons above. Complexitiy and weight added to your platform. I know that tide can be a real issue up where you live. It can be ferocious. I also think that the wind storms being experienced up there lately are related somewhat to the El Nino year.
No matter what you put on her you will experience cavitation on long or short shaft outboards. I would not like to put an inboard into your boat either. The dance again, heh?
I know you are thinking that two outboards will help with tight maneuvering in tight spots. I think that is correct thinking. I know that many light multihulls use an outboard
on a sled that can be lowered and raised when not in use. I am sure there is some engineering configuration that would allow you to also have the outboard
swing on it's mount so that you could steer the boat more effectively. You could swing the motor
probably 100 degrees and help tremendously in holding off or crabbing in. Personally, that is how I would go in your situation. It will cost money
, time, and effort. I would also go for a more powerful motor
. Personally I like the rebuilt diesel
outboards in the 20+ hp range. Less worries for combustibility of Gas, can use diesel
for your heater, rugged as hell, and pretty bullet proof.
I am exited for you and getting this great boat. Just so many ways to do things. Slow down and get it right would be the way I would do it. But then again I parked all of my money
in money markets and missed the big bull run after 2010. Smile.