Originally Posted by McBain
I tried lifting 65kg (the weight of a 25hp 4 stroke) in the gym yesterday and there is no way I could handle that weight of outboard by myself. 20hp Suzuki 4-stroke it is.
I doubt you will be disappointed with the Suzuki. Got mine last year, and although too early to comment on long term reliability, so far has performed faultlessly. Good economy and instant starting thanks to EFI.
Although much smaller boats, we run ours on both 350 and 380 sibs and will do 24mph two up and 21mph two up towing a kneeboard.
At 44kg I can just manhandle it solo from trolley to transom but wouldn't fancy anything heavier. The new 25hp at 62kg is great but not really portable solo for me. At 18kg heavier the extra 5hp might not provide that much of a performance gain anyway - now the 30hp at the same weight may be a different story!😎
For regularly going 2-3 miles offshore I would go for the biggest boat I could manhandle/afford.