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PostSubject: Motor Selection Help   Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:14 pm

I have been looking at the different sites for outboard motors.  I think that a 5 or 6 HP will be the best bet for me.  My question is what size shaft do I need?  The Tahatsu site says 20" is perfect, yet they have the 25" sailpro that also has a 12 volt charging lead. 
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PostSubject: Re: Motor Selection Help   Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:25 am

I have a CM 26 and I really like the electric start and built in charging.  I think the CM 21's originally came with a 6 hp.  I'm guessing you really don't want the weight of a 25hp.  You may be able to find a used 9.9 or 10hp with electric start if you are willing to be patient.
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PostSubject: Re: Motor Selection Help   Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:19 am

I also have a CM26 am use a 20 year old Mercury 6HP 2 cylinder, two stroke motor which moves the boat quite nicely even in a stiff wind. I would love to have an electric start but luckily, it starts on the first pull. It has the standard length shaft and the cavitation plate usually stays several inches under the surface of the water unless we're crossing the wake of another boat.
  I don't have to worry about battery charging since I added a solar panel which keeps the batteries topped off nicely.
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PostSubject: Re: Motor Selection Help   Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:32 am

Lakes around in CA are starting to follow Tahoe's 2 stroke ban unless it is the newer direct injection.  The 4 stroke seems to be a better choice as far as future compliance goes.  My concern was more to the shaft length.  So if the shorter shaft will work fine, all the better.
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PostSubject: Re: Motor Selection Help   Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:59 am

Indeed, I would prefer a 4 stroke motor myself but until my trusty ole Mercury either falls off the boat and sinks to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay or blows up or gets legislated out of usefulness, I'll keep mixing gas & oil!!
   Reminds me of my younger days and riding two stroke motorcycles -
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