A guy that I used to hunt with had a 1754with a 50hp honda. The boat ran OK but with 3 guys gear and a dog, the boat was a turd. It would've been perfect with at least a 60 or better yet a 70hp. We run big rivers out here in shipping lanes, so you want extra power when you need it to power through a big swell or to get up on pad quickly. I don't need to go 45 or 50 mph, I just want power when I need it, you're not going to have anything extra in reserve with a 40 or 50hp engine, sorry that is fact.