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Advice on boat-motor combination

I'd appreciate advice on a tricky situation -- I'd like to get a small motor boat for day use on the Chesapeake Bay. The problem is that the boat will be kept on a small beach, and the boat and motor need to be pulled up about 10 yards on the beach and then manually lifted onto a rack for storing -- so weight is a huge problem. I've been thinking along the lines of a 14 foot aluminum V-hull (4 person capacity would be ideal), but then the weight of an appropriate motor might be too much to handle. I currently have a 5 hp that is OK in terms of weight and carrying, but I don't think it will do too well pushing a 14 foot boat. I may be wishing for the impossible. Any advice on this one?

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Topic - Advice on boat-motor combination - tk 10:41:42 08/23/04 (6)

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