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lc posted 11-13-2001 07:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for lc   Send Email to lc  
I'm new to the forum and the info. on this site is unbelievable. Just bought a used 1981 15 classic. It has a 60 johnson. The 60 is the same year as the boat. It runs fine, but I'd feel a lot safer with a kicker. What's a good size (hp) for a boat like like mine? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Another thing, on the average (assumng it is periodically maintained) how long to motors last? Aloha!
bc posted 11-13-2001 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    

Look under the 15 section. I hear a kicker bracket is difficult to install due to shape of transom. I went in with dad on a '81 15ft this past summer. If it is one of the 3 cylinder OMC's you can't wear them out!


Bigshot posted 11-14-2001 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That 2cyl 60 is a great motor. ANY engine can last 10 more yaers or 10 more minutes whether it is a 1995 or a 1955. Do a comp test, check the lower unit oil and make sure the carbs are clean. If it generates any idles problems have carbs checked because that is #1 reason for failure(running too lean). Also do a decarbonization on it.
JFM posted 11-14-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Where will you use the boat? Will you fish? I use a trolling motor on my 13' sport for a kicker. You could get by with a small 3HP 2stroke gas to propel a boat that small. Regards, Jay

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