It's always the dilemma. With me, it's a double whammy - my boat is v. loud at the moment, so I use the aux for noise abatement in marinas.
And on a single engined boat, always good to have a backup. Especially when I built the main engine.
I think a high thrust prop would help - but maybe longer term I'll have a think about a 10hp if I can find a 2-stroke in nice condition.
There's a lot of threads on pistonheads I avoid, but there can't be too many people around with the name paintman with a 135hp Mercury V6 on their dory. And he assisted me the other day on me teaching myself to spray on my LR - kindly told me it needed sanding back and doing again properly.