Hydraulic is so much easier, especially with dual helm stations that Iíd install one if it didnít have one already.
Then something along with Mercuryís Veradoís DTS, which stands for digital throttle and shift, which means itís purely electronic, adding a second or even third helm station is as easy as plugging in the network cable, like adding a mouse to your computer.
Whatever outboard you put on there make it a requirement that it can be tilted completely out of the water
, nothing stays wet.
Then as I assume your a local and may have an in with the yards, work
up some sort of deal with one so that you have a plan to pull it and chain it down for a hurricane
evac plan. That way your boat wonít just be more trash in the mangroves that has to be cleaned out, and youíll still have a boat.
Size of outboard is completely up to you, even a small 9.9 will move you around if you plan on staying local, but to get up and plane and haul butt may cost you upwards of $25,000 or more in motor
If you go small, be sure you get a ď High thrustĒ motor
, a high thrust 9.9 will push you better and be better on the engine
than a regular 20 HP will, the regular motor is made to go fast on a small light weight dinghy etc.. Not push a heavy boat, as such it will often just cavitate etc if you try to push it, and that isnít good for many reasons.
It already has a window unit AC, a good Honda
ought to be able to run that, but if you really want to stay out there long term, Solar
is tough to beat and you have the room.
I wouldnít consider a watermaker
as your going to need or come in and pump
out anyway, why not pick up water