Would really appreciate some input from anybody. I owned a skiff that weighed 1,500lbs and when you added the 30 gallons of gas that is about an extra 250lbs. I'd take three guys and myself out so that was another 700lbs. I had a Yamaha 60hp and it would run 34mph with a stainless steel prop no problem. I just sold that boat and I bought a brand new 25hp Tiller handle Suzuki with Power Trim and Tilt. I am having a 16' skiff that weighs 500lbs built. I figured the 25hp would get it up on plane and run it at least 17mph considering what my 60hp was pushing but I was just told by some guys that they don't even think it will get it up on plane. I have read online articles and they are conflicting. I saw a youtube video where a Yamaha 25hp was pushing a G3 that weighed 700lbs 22mph. So I am very nervous that I may have just blew $4,100 on an outboard that won't move my boat. The guy that is building my boat (Boggy Creek Boats) told me that he thinks the 25hp will run the boat in the upper teens. Any input would really help me out. Thanks.