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    Default Best ~5 hp motor for scanoe?

    I have done a little research and determined that a scanoe will best serve my needs for the type of fishing Ill be doing this season. I tried the trolling motor last year, and I'm done with it. I want internal combustion. I understand it better and I'm convinced it will push my scanoe a lot better. I'm going to buy a scanoe that can handle a 5 horse motor. So my question, for those of you who have used the little outboards, is - which ones should I be looking for, and which ones should I avoid?

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    I would look at the little 3 1/2hp Merc.Its a very light motor which is nice and it will run for a hour wide open on the small tank of gas around 6mph on my 9' zodiac/10'crawdad. A scanoe should be faster
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    I would agree w/the 3.5...it works great for general messing around but it`s not a river motor. Never gps`d it but it did run pretty good solo w/some gear.


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    I have the Merc 3.3 and used it for my aire traveler. It weighs 28 lbs and pushed me a friend around the lake at 7 mph. Start on the frist pull every time.
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    So far no info on 5 hp motors. I'm guessing the added weight isn't worth the increase in power? Thanks for the info guys, Ill be looking for one of the little mercs.

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    Gotta agree with these folks on the 3.3hp Merc. I have a 60's vintage Johnson 5 hp and two Eventude (OMC) 6 hp's and unless I'm pushing alot of weight or going upstream in fast water the Merc is the answer. I use it on a 17' Grumman sq back and it does fine....take along a 2 gal can of mixed gas and you can run all day with it....take ear plugs.

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    I'm sort of in the same boat. Thinking more about a 2 stroke Yamaha 6 horse for my next outboard on my 17.5 Old Town. In the past I've ran a 9.9 Merc and a 4 hp old Merc on it. (and yes I know the boat's only rated for a 5 HP and I don't care) The only river trips I plan to do anymore will be float trips so I think for just knocking around the lakes I can drop down to either a smaller 4 stroke or the 6HP 2 stroke Yamaha I mentioned because I let the 9.9 go with one of my duck boats. Still on the fence. Let us know what you decide.
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    would agree with a 2-stroke 6 hp if you can find one. Weight is suitable and hp is adequate for moderate loads. If your frame is robust, i'd consider a 9.9 honda or yamaha 4-stroke, but heavier than most 2-stroke 6 hp. I would recommend against the hps under 6 hp for moderate loads going upstream anywhere.

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    If you are set on 5hp, go with the Briggs and Stratton. Not pretty but less $$$. I have a 4hp yamaha 4 strk that is light and has an internal tank. It has done everything I've asked of it on a grumman sport boat. I have it on a lift for shallow sloughs. The BS is also a four stroke.

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    Go with whatever is the lightest engine with the HP you want. I would look at the 2 strokes, more power for the weight. But that would mean you could not use the motor on the Kenai.
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    Air cooled Tanaka 5.5 is what we have been using and pushes the boat ok. The motor is old but i like the weight and it being water free.

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