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Old 05-03-2014, 18:52   #16
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Re: Outboard Motor Sizing

I see some recommendations for a long shaft motor, but I want to point out that there is an X-Long shaft as well. Honda offers those at 8 and 10 hp. These new 4 stroke motors are extremely heavy as well I should add.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:24   #17
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Re: Outboard Motor Sizing

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I see some recommendations for a long shaft motor, but I want to point out that there is an X-Long shaft as well. Honda offers those at 8 and 10 hp. These new 4 stroke motors are extremely heavy as well I should add.
Mercury makes a 5hp 4 stroke extra long shaft (25") that weighs in at 58lbs. It's a little heavier than the comparable 2 stroke but not much.

I have it mounted on a 4 position Panther 2 stroke bracket rated for a 25hp outboard. The 2 stroke bracket was about $180.00. I believe the 4 stroke bracket is around $350-$400.00
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Re: Outboard Motor Sizing

On second thought though, a strong Garelick 4 Stroke Bracket could come in handy for reentry into the boat. (if you don't have a ladder)

I've thought about this several times during reentry that it would be nice to be able to put some of my weight on the bracket.

Instead, I come out of the water hard enough to grab the stern railing then do a pullup into the boat. Some have trouble entering that way so a bracket capable of holding at least some of your weight would be nice.
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