Originally Posted by Cgilbane
Also, do you think going up to the 9 hp Tohatsu would be worth while? Or would it just burn more gas at the same speed?
I don't have any photos of it on the boat, I bought it for the grand canyon motor out and we were about photo'd out by the end. Not to mention that after almost 40 years of boating, I don't really take pics of gear anymore LOL
The 5 HP at full throttle moved 5 boats at 7MPH according to the GPS and burned about 2/3 of a 17 gallon composite propane bottle at full throttle, so I'd say about 12 lbs of propane in 5 hours of motoring. I wasn't in a mood to save fuel, brought a dedicated bottle for the motor, and half throttle was moving us along at about 5MPH, so I gained 10 miles at full throttle over the length of the trip, would have been 2 more hours at half throttle.
I can't see where another 4 HP would have made much of a difference to tell the truth, the most speed I ever got with my 15 hp 2 stroke pushing boats was 7MPH, so....
I bet it would up the fuel consumption, and the weight as well. The 5 HP did just fine, no complaints at all from me, nothing but praise.