My old man bought a esquif cargo and is now looking at outboard motors. Personally I would recommend the 9.9 lightweight Merc, but he would prefer a 6HP motor. So, the brands he is looking at right now is Merc, Suzuki, and Yamaha. He will use the canoe and motor on lakes and slow flowing creek.
Which one and why?
I had a chance to double the canoe order and get a Esquif cargo myself but I'm fine and dandy with my Osagian with 8HP suzuki.