Originally Posted by NickHoult
Hi one more thing, do folks think that a tohatsu. 30hp will have enough grunt to pull a novice skier out the water with a zodiac future 3.8?
I dont think so, my 3.8 Fastroller & 25hp wont pull an experienced teenager without superfat skis, novice skiers require a lot more grunt when learning.
The 25/30 is enough for most things, but if you want to ski you are going to need a 40. I'm pretty sure the lightest will be a mid 90's manual start/tilt Yamaha 40hp 3 cylinder (no autolube) at around 80kg. Its still a heavy lump, but I had the 50hp (same block) on the slightly larger Futura Sport in the late 90's and it was superb.
If you have forward steering, go for the 40hp, if you are tiller steering don't, 40hp is way over the top for that boat. You really need a trailer as well, 80kg engines are very difficult to move.