Just found out that I need to purchase a new outboard motor for my Capri 22, Tall Rig, Wing Keel, #663. What do you all recommend? I had a Johnson 4 hp that was 26 years old. Just need some ideas in so far as horsepower, brand, etc. Thank you in advance. John B.
I will also recommend the Honda 5 as a good choice.
Another brand (two actually if you count different paint schemes ) is Tohatsu. Nissan is also the same motor but with different paint and decals, much the same way that for years Evinrudes and Johnsons were the same except for paint and decals. The model of Tohatsu you are would looking for is their 6HP Sail Pro model which can be had as a 15", 20" or 25" shaft.
There are times I wish I had a better outboard on my capri, when I'm motoring into the wind with choppy seas. My run of the mill mercury 4 hp short shaft is prone to prop cavitation at times like these as well as prop rising dangerously close to water's surface. A long shaft with a more "torquie" prop would be better. Both features are found in Nissan and/or Tohatsu's 6hp "sailpro" model. Also. there's a slightly used sailpro listed in this site's classified section. Motor is located in southern NY, I think.
The chief benefit my 13 year old 2-stroke has is 40 lb weight vs 60 lbs for the sail pro, that and the fact that it's mine.
Help! I'm new to monohulls. I just bought a Capri 22. I have a choice of 2 motors; 4stroke 3.5 hp. Or 2 stroke 5 hp without a reverse switch. (Motor must be spun around for reverse. I sail on Lake Ontario.. thanks for advice!