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Old 07-16-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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This is way too much power than what you want (and can safely handle) on such a small craft, especially if the engine is a 2 stroke. I had a 8.5 dinghy (inflatable keel like yours) with a 2 stroke 9.8 Mercury at one point. I had to be very careful when accelerating because the nose would just lift in the air right away. Not so bad when I had passengers or cargo but when alone I had to be very, very gentle with the throttle otherwise I would have fliped the thing in a second. Sold the engine after one season and got a smaller one. 15 HP on a very light rubber boat, that is just asking for trouble in my mind. My two cents.
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