I have an AIRE Power Traveler that I use for hunting. It has a maximum recommendation HP of 3. I used a loaned 2 HP Honda 4 stroke on it this fall and it did fair. Upriver travel was slow at best, 3.5 mph average with minimal gear. The Honda weighed about 35 lbs +-. I am looking at purchasing a 3.5 HP Merc or similar clone, 41 lbs.
Is there another outboard with comparable or better power to weight ratio I should look into? (Must keep under 50 lbs for shipping)
If this 75% increase is not enough are there any reliable mods that can be done?
Mod shops I could contact?
Thank you for any help