Originally Posted by mattman
How big is your raft? I have run a 9 hp on my 14' before, no problem with the weight.
Its an 16' Avon Pro. I'm sure it can take the weight of a 9hp one...its just a bigger more massive motor compared to the next step down in size and I do want to dismount it after the flatwater unless the water gets crappy so the difference in size and weight definitely makes a difference for storage.
edit: Here is what I mean....
The 4-6hp ones are all the same size and they are about half the size and 30 pounds or so difference in weight compared to the 8-9.9hp ones. Weight difference isn't huge, but the size definitely is.