So I just went and checked out the motor I will be getting next friday! Its a 1999 Mercury 15hp SS 2S! Just what I need. The 9.9 I got in october is sweat but My boat could go faster so now it will(even though I had to take the plate off that said 7.5 it could deffinantly do a 15 maybe not much more and a bit scary solo). My only concern will be putting weight in the front of the boat when going out solo since the 9.9 bounces the bow a bit and have to put the spare gas tank in the bow to counteract the bounce. Maybe I wount be running full trottle solo but with 2 guys I should be hauling a$$ and 3 guys should be tolerable and I do fish 3 a lot more than I like to and the 9.9 just isn't enough for three guys. My only concer is trolling speed but there is a trolling plat to go with it so I should be fine. If not I'll drag a bucket and deal with it just to be able to have more top end. Only problem is I can't get it until next friday but I talked the guy into holding it for me and didn't try to barter with him(very nice of him to do so). Only worry is even though it was on a drift boat with a cut in the transom to drop a motor in I wonder how many times the motor may have not sucked water for a bit. You always hear about guys burning up motors on drift boats. cheap fix if it doesn't pump enough. Thought it wasn't up to par but come to find out there is a thermostat involved so that could be why it looked like it wasn't pumping much water. Really similar to the 9.9 I have so It should feel just the same. Can't wait till next friday now I am going to have a hard time sleeping. And I have to get anyone who wants to fish with me regularlly to get a boaters card and drive me until I can get mine on june 3rd but in the end it will be sweat. Now I can focus on the cosmetics of the boat and fixing those ****ing leaky rivets. Then the trailer cosmetics. Man boats are expensive.