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My dad and I recently obtained a used 15 foot plus Gheenoe.

It's rated up to 10 HP.

We got an old 9.5 HP outboard that came with the boat.

Problem it's old with lots of problems.

If we were to look for another outboard what HP should we look for?

8 HP?

9.9 HP?

Thanks
 

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The old Johnson/Evinrude has to be one of the toughest motors ever made. Not the best on fuel, but tough! Really, depends on what your willing to spend. You can weigh the old motor and you may find the weight of newer models is less and you can "fudge" a little on more horsepower. As far as used, I see alot of small engines on Raleigh Craigslist. com
 

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It depends more on whether you are going to be using it on big water or small water and whether or not you want to be able to fish somewnere without a ramp or not. With two people on big water the 9.9 would be handy IF the front passenger is fairly light. With a heavy front passenger you will probably plow into waves rather than ride over them. In that case you wouldn't really see much advantage in the bigger motor except in calm water without a lot of boat traffic. You can always slow down for rough water and boat wakes but you would sacrifice some portability. That model weighs in at about 125+lbs empty so it will be questionable as to how portable it would be even with a small motor and a small gas tank. Newer motors use a good bit less fuel. With a modern 9.9 I doubt you could burn 3 gallons if you ran the better part of the day. With a 4 or 6 even less. I'd say try to get a feel for the boat with the current motor and decide how you will be using it before you decide.... if that is practical. Most folks will either go with the cheapest or the biggest automatically according to their personality. I think If you use the old 9.5 a little while, you will see its stong and weak points. Then you'll have a much better idea of how much motor suits your needs.
 

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Current motor is a 1972 Johnson Seahorse 9.5 with problems that will total about 700 dollars to fix. We payed 450 for the motor.

It's currently in the shop being looked at but I'm not sure my dad and I want to put that kind of money into a motor that old.

Mostly we will be fishing mountain lakes in the 200-600 acre size.
 

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There was a 6 hp johnson and a 9.9 posted on Craig'slist (Charlotte) on the 8th. They were asking $340 for the 6 and close to $700 for the 9.9. The 9.9 looked sharp the 6 was older. Either one would work.
 
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