I think max power is better, I find it difficult to believe that manufacturers of Gemini and Ribcraft's stature would rate a transome at a given horsepower without at least checking the transom would hold the weight of the three leading brands of engine.
Out of interest why should an Opti be that much heavier than a conventional two stroke, surely the fuel compreesor and electronics don't weigh that much more.
I don't see a negative myself
Isn't Top Melon a great example of Maxing out a boat.
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