Will a 25hp motor be enough power for a 13'9" inflatable sport boat?
The boat is rated for 40hp, but the price difference is +$2K for a 40 vs a 25.
I will mostly be using this setup in PWS and Resurrection Bay (weather permitting), but would also like to explore some rivers and lakes as well. 90% of the time it will be me (200#), my wife (130#), our dog (80#), and camping/fishing gear (about 100#). The boat weighs 215#. The motor I'm considering only weighs 106# (2 stroke). *It took me an hour of searching, but I found a dealer with new 25hp Yamaha 2 strokes in stock! I dont see using this boat for hunting for a few years until I get the hang of everything, so forget about needing to handle the weight of a moose...
Would I be much better off with a 40hp 4 stroke that weighs ~220#? The extra expense will exceed my budget for 1 year. I don't want a 40hp 2 stroke because then the Kenai would be off limits...
This will be my first motorized boat .
Thanks in advance for the help and advise.