thanks for the tips. I took the prop in and the re-pitched it from an 8" to a 6". They sell this motor with the 6" pitch for use on sailboats. It works much better, no bogging. It will now just plane with me (200 lbs) and our 22lb dog in the bow. Overall it was a big improvement. I may go for a 10 hp engine
at the end of the day. The dog likes to go ashore twice a day, with a 5 ft draft
in the Bahamas
we can be anchored out quite a distance.
I just bought a used Forespar motor lift
, if it works out it may convince me to get the bigger motor.