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Outboard for Swampscott dory

I am nearing completion of a 17' Swampscott dory, specifically the Fred Dion version from John Gardner's Dory Book. "Tis time to cut the hole for the outboard well. Before making the fateful plunge, I thought it might be prudent to consider the motor itself. I'm looking for advice from someone experienced with similar craft. Her maximum beam is 52", 12' on the waterline, weighs about 250, with a slightly rockered, flat bottom. I hope to use her on the Columbia River, and maybe off the beach through the surf in fair weather. Wind and currents are fairly strong. I would like a four-stroke, but I need to be able to lift it out easily when beaching, as a tilt-up well is not an option. I like the Nissan 5 horse 4-stroke, but I'm concerned that it might not have enough juice, and more powerful 4-strokes get heavier in a hurry. Any thoughts?

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Topic - Outboard for Swampscott dory - Woodpecker 18:40:08 08/15/03 (0)

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