Originally Posted by Portuguese
I would choose an OB that I could handle myself without help or the risk to hurt my lower back.
I have a Mercury 8hp 2 strock
Fair point. Before, we used a 46-lb 5-hp Johnson (branded) 2-stroke... which coincidentally was also apparently made by Suzuki.
But that started out its life on an earlier inflatable on an earlier mothership... where we had to separate the two, deflate, stow separately, etc.
It got better on this mothership (with our dinghy davit and winch) and eventually with this RIB; we only had to worry about the outboard weight at the beginning and end of the main boating season.
But even the 46 pounds was getting to be a bit much.
More recently, we've learned a trailer is a wonderful (and relatively inexpensive) invention. I don't have to man-handle the motor at all. Just zip over to the ramp at the marina next door, run the whole thing up on the trailer, drag it all home, done for the year. Reverse that at the beginning of the next season. E Viola!