I should first mention that I'm something of a boating rookie. I have used a scanoe like the one in my title several times, most often with a trolling motor running off a deep-cycle battery. I've trolled a few lakes, including Nancy - caught a Pike, the battery went dead and I got quite a work - out paddling against the wind for the last two miles.
That one was borrowed, this time I'm buying my own. And I've learned my lesson. I'm going with a small outboard. There are a couple I'm looking at - a 3.6 HP and a 5.5 HP. The lesser HP is newer, thus logically more reliable, and the 5.5 is more powerful. Which would you choose, and why?
And - what would be my limitations with this combo? I plan to stick to local lakes for the most part, but would this setup be safe for milder rivers?