I need to repower my 17.5' Wooldridge Alaskan. My recovered Susuzki 115 gave up the ghost last week. The max HP for the boat is 115, but plenty of folks run 90HP. The boat is used in all sorts of areas: 20 mile, Susitna hunting, the Deshka of course and Kenai dipnetting.
I am wondering if anybody has experience running the boat with either. The 115 seems heavy (416#). A comparable 90hp will be 75-100# lighter.
Will the decreased weight make-up for the lack of H.P?
The price difference seems to be $1k-$2k.