I'm looking to buy a 15.5 ft inflatable boat and need suggestions on the size of the outboard to put on it.
The boat is rated for up to 50 hp motor with 235 lb as a transom limit. I plan on boating on lakes and
saltwater out of Seward, Homer, and Wittier. 3-4 people, plus some camping/fishing gear.
The boat will be stored on the trailer most of the time.
I looked at Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki 4 stroke outboards (want to keep it Kenai legal) and found that
40-50 hp range puts me right against the transom weight limit - I think 40 hp Yamaha is 224# with the
tiller. So is 50 hp Honda.
Going down in hp lowers the weight some - e.g. 30 hp Suzuki or Honda weighs in at 160 lb.
Would 30 hp do the job well enough or should I go with the higher hp?
Anyone has/had similar set up - how did that work out for you?