Guy - I like your rig, 7 hp would be all I need. Do you have a trailer for it or just put in the bed of a truck? How does it handle when making a turn?
Trailer, got it from a THF member. He had a 14 ft john boat on it before. It pretty much went right on with little modofications. Turn the motor around, and it trailers great. Moving the motor up the way I rigged it (turning the transom around, and move it up), helps here as well. I seen other rigs where they do not do this, and motor is hanging off the back of the boat...
It turns fine. You are not going to make fast u turn giving it gas, but you learn some tricks to make fast u turns, turn with gas then pull motor up and spin around, etc.. You can also use the motor tail like a paddle to turn it when sitting still. But going strait and making turns maneuvering thru stumps works great.
Deep water does not scare me, big waives do. Wind does not scare me either, except if motor dies, and blows you into big water with big waives, I'm always mindfull of that. I really like stumps, they break up waives, and if motor dies, you can grab a stump and tie off to keep from drifting into dangerous water. If something ever happend, and boat took on water and filled up, I would rather be in my Momarsh vs my gator Trax, because the Momarsh will float, gator trax will sink. I'm very carefull, neoprene waders, wader belt sung tight, life vest, waterproof phone case, and try not to ever get into a rush.