RE: Kicker Q's
I have a 9.9 Honda 4 stroke on my 17' Smoker. I went with the 9.9 years ago simply to be able to use it on the local 9.9 limit lakes. I know some guys have 20 h.p. Hondas with 9.9 stickers, especially for Pymy these days. If you only plan to troll on Erie, then a 15 or 20 should be fine, but I think you could also get by with a 9.9 for your Skeeter. I've seen some pretty big boats trolling with 9.9s. Regardless of what brand you get, go with a 4 stroke. They are great on gas, they have virtually NO fumes, no mixing oil and can troll all day without fouling plugs. My Honda is about 15 years old with many hours on it and it still runs perfect. You will also need to get a steering arm and controls, but you or your boat mechanic can install them pretty easily. My Honda is also hooked into the main fuel line. Good Luck!