That is light for a four-stroke 25, but overweight compared to a two-stroke. The weight on my 2002 Merc short shaft manual start (2 stroke) was 114 pounds. That's 44 pounds less hanging off the transom. Pick up four 10-pound sacks of sugar, at the same time, the next time you are at the grocery store. Same horsepower with far less weight? No-brainer for me and my requirements. You are right, bull-sprig, on the gear ratio thing. A numerically-higher gear will just allow you to pull more pitch on the prop, but will spin that prop slower at max rpm than taller gearing combined with less pitch. In the end, it's the horsepower put out by the powerhead that determines performance, providing you can optimize the prop on each engine. And, unless the manufacturers are playing fast and loose with their power numbers (and you can bet their legal department is discouraging THAT), 25 horsepower is 25 horsepower as rated. By the way, they make two-strokes with electric start....and oil and filter and cam belt changes and checking valve clearances are not required.