This year I upgraded my motor to a 7.5 long shaft and it has made a big difference on the way we use the boat. While it is a bit much the power is sure nice to have. It also uses more gas ⛽ but has been worth it. The trip up the river to the lake is about 40 minutes and the extra horse power make it go a bit easier especially on high traffic days.
What do you do when you hit the lake and there is absolutely no wind. I mean zero, zilch, notta. How about tie the pool floaty to the back and pull the kid around. I know sacrilege a sailboat tubing but the kid had a great time.