Choosing an Outboard for my SIB
Hello everyone. I am looking for an outboard for my boat, but I'm a bit torn. I have a 1990 Rover R2-80 with a wood bottom and wood back. The maximum horsepower that the manufacturer recommends is 8 HP.
I really like the Tohatsu 6 HP 4 stroke outboard. I imagine that it would put my boat at a top speed of around 15 mph, it burns about .5 gallons an hour, and it only weighs 58 pounds. My concern is that I may have up to 3 or 4 adults on this boat at times, and I am not sure if the boat will plane with this motor with so many adults on it.
The 8 HP motor I think will probably give the boat a maximum speed of around 19 mph. I am pretty sure that the boat could still plane with 3 or 4 adults. However, the motor is significantly heavier and it takes .9 gallons per hour.
Overall, I think I like the idea of the 6 HP better, and I'm sure that 3 to 4 adults wouldn't be the norm, but there are certain areas that I like to go to and I would like to be able to get there relatively quickly. Any thoughts on my options?