Great Thread! Thanks.
So I have not yet bought my dream boat
, much less the dingy. However, I am looking to visit the manufacturer of the boat
next month and if all goes well I will place the order.
The process of deciding on a boat (as you all know) is endless research
and thinking. After intellectualizing everything about the main boat, you quickly move to other things like the dingy and from there to the dingy motor
I am 61 (and change) years old, in good shape and still strong. However (and unfortunately), 70 is not really that far away. I expect my physical self to be somewhat different in 8+ years. Therefore, I am thinking one of the top considerations is weight.
In the Yamaha line, the 9.9 and 8 hp weight the same at 87lbs. The 6hp is only 59lbs (about 2/3rs of the bigger engines). At this weight, I am sure I have a 15 yr run at being able to move it around easily.
The dingy I am looking at is the Walker Bay 270 SLR. I would love your thoughts about this being pushed by a 6hp. Expected use case is myself and my wife ... ~300lbs max between the two of us (with me being most of that).
In my tiny brian, the 6 seems to be the optimal tradeoff between weight and performance.
All thoughts welcome and thanks in advance.