Originally Posted by facedown
It seems everyone goes big power but geez I can't carry much more than that alone...
Hello & welcome. If you want more power / less weight, have a look at 2- strokes or other makes. 2- strokes are usually lighter per HP than a 4 -stroke. Alternatively have a good look at the weight numbers of different manufacturers- most manufacturers use one block and restrict it to get 2 or 3 engines for the price of one basic design & set of tooling. Net result is some 15s have "lardy" 9.9Hp cousins, other 15s are heavy because they are a de-tuned 20. You may find if yours is a de- tuned one, you maybe able to Part exchange it for an identical weight 20. You'll need to look at the brochure to confirm that.
As a quick comparison, a look at last year's EU Merc & Honda brochures shows if you swapped the Merc 15 for a Honda 20 (both 4- stroke) you'd not only get more horses, but its just shy of 9lbs lighter too! Needless tosay that all depends on having dealers for umpteen marques on your doorstep.
Alternatively, one simple method I've used to shift engines to beaches is to fix a wooden bracket (2 sheets of ply) to a "sack barrow" - the cheap & cheerful type you get in hardware stores. You then have a handy engine transporter, and can also use it for storeage (Takes less floor space up if it's vertical), and tyou get a free "load lugger" for general use. If it's a short shaft engine you might even get the fuel tank on the load platform at the bottom as well- one less trip 'tween car & beach!
Enjoy the boat!