Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
You'll be happier with the lightest of the two. Our Folkboats are 1500 lbs heavier and 6hp is plenty. Your back will thank you each time you raise and lower your outboard
or need to remove it for repair.
98 is simply too heavy for me to carry and distance or even get off the mount without help. I figure the 6 hp will hardly be used, but when I need it I really need it. Its kind of like pulling my boat out of the water
on a ramp
. 80% of the time I don't need AWD, but 20% I can't get out of the water without it.
I need a motor for four times:
1. When I'm becalmed and need to get back
2. When I'm moving from one mooring
to another or back to the trailer, and I'm pulling my 10 foot Walker bay dinghy
3. When I'm running from a storm, and then I need all the speed I can get
4. When I'm sailing in a stiff wind
, but the mooring is into the wind
, and I really don't have time to fool around with tacking around and around trying to get the right position to get in.
The first works great with a little 3 hp engine
. The second needs more than the little one to get there in a reasonable time, and the last two need the full 6 hp.