As many of you might remember from my post last fall, I bought my dream in November. It a 2855 Ciera Sunbridge. 454 cobra with mercruiser bravo II outdrive. I am the third owner. First owner dry stored it in Anacortes and hardly used it, the last owner dry stored it on Mercer Island and used it in the San Juans for cruising and camping only. I have spent this last winter out fitting it, updating it and getting it ready to fish and crab (such as it will be this year). I have been pretty liberal with the spending having saved up a nice nest egg to do this and getting a pretty good deal on the boat to begin with I have had money to do pretty much as I have wanted. Up until now that is: Down to the last big decision and update and getting all sorts of opposing advice and in some cases none at all. Looking to put a kicker for trolling and if need be redundancy for the motor in emergency. I have already decided I am going with the Remote troll outboard bracket off of my newly installed swim step extension. slick installation and deals with all the different but inefficient or troublesome in my opinion, steering options for steering a kicker. My dilemma,: I have an older 1983 Evinrude 7.5 motor I saved from off my last boat. It is barely used maybe having less that 10 hours on it before I sold the boat and kept it for use on "my nebulous dream boat at that time" kept it because it was the best running little kicker outboard I have ever experience at that time, period. Ran amazing throttle down precisely never smoked very very reliable, starting first 1/2 pull everytime. Stored inside all its life, light and easy to handle (all things considered). For my 18 footer it was perfect and IDEAL KICKER MOTOR!!!! I also recently acquire a older 20 hp Mercury 1974 model. Was my father-in laws and he swore by it and used the hell out of it all the time. I got it as he was done fishing and boating and was liquidating all his sporting stuff. Motor looks very nice pretty clean and I know my father-in-laws obsession for taking care of his stuff, but the motor has not ran in at least a year and probably two to be honest. I personally have never heard it run except in stories but these were legendary as he had this motor for ever. We had it on a 20 foot aluminum john boat. This motor is NOT easy to move and manipulate around being heavy and bulky. He had wiring for remote start (a plus) but it has never been hooked up ever. Both are two cycle, have fuel tank for the evinrude but not for the merc. Both are two cycle's. I am being told by several "experts " the 7.5 is probably too small to adequately push my boat even for trolling, and especially to rely on as a backup for my 28 footer, of course others had disagreed with that hypotenuse thinking it will be adequate, still other say the 20 is too large and too much motor but ideal for a backup. Others think this would be two much for a trolling motor being overkill. Me, Ideally I would love to spend the money on a new mercury 9.9 bigfoot or maybe even a mercury 15, both in 4 cycle, then plumbed into my main tank. The advantage of a newer motor is I can augment the remote troll remote steering with a throttle remote from I-troll or pro-troll to complete the system for autonomous. Something that won't happen with either of these older motors since the don't support that with out possibly jury rigging and macgyvering something. Leaning over the edge of the transom to operate a kicker is NOT GOING to be an option. Of course the problem that makes this all interesting, is this is the last improvement I have planned and I really don't have the money ( besides that would be to easy right...)to spring for a new kicker this year having spent it in other areas. . SO questions: 7.5 hp evinrude sure thing or 20 hp merc sketchy, what to do about remote throttle for both, and in the case of the merc do I invest to get the remote start going, remote start for the evinrude??? (hear that could be available). or do I bail and suck it up and break down for a new motor. and just to make it interesting I do have a happy trolling plate I could put on the bravo II and solve all my problems, Eliminated and concerns other than a backup. with no purchase. love to hear your ideas and knowledge. Again just going to be used for trolling salmon and possible emergency backup to an engine that already runs excellent!!! Sorry for the length of this. Bill W.