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easyeast737 posted 01-28-2009 02:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for easyeast737   Send Email to easyeast737  
I am looking at a 1970s Nauset that is powered with a two stroke 50 hp. Is this enough power for the boat, or will I be regretting that I didn't find out with at least 70 hp?
Tohsgib posted 01-28-2009 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Suprisingly it is quite adequate. Should see low 30's where a 70 would bring you mid's.
easyeast737 posted 01-28-2009 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for easyeast737  Send Email to easyeast737     
Low 30s is not bad, but would an 88hp two stroke push it to low 40s? I am trying to compare the two boats. I intend to buy a 15 or 17 before the summer for local fishing and tubing. I want to make sure that a smaller engine would have plenty of power for pulling a two person tube around. Thanks for the replies.
Tohsgib posted 01-29-2009 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
The 88 is a gas hog and would fetch you 42 on a good day. Great engine but thirsty and loud. Some here have seen 35 with 50's and your fuel burn will be about half. But the extra HP makes it a fun boat. Go with the best condition for the $$.
themclos posted 01-29-2009 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
I see you are in Fairfield, Ct.

Do you intend to tube in a local lake or on the sound?

I have a 17 Montauk, with a 2 stroke 70HP Yamaha. It is a great motor, and I can hit 39MPH in calm conditions. This typically means on a lake.

When I am fishing Raritan Bay, the Sandy Hook area, or the Ocean, I have never been in conditions that let me go WOT. Typically, our fastest speeds are below 30MPH.

We only tube in lakes, and we can pull 2 people easily.

Personally, based upon my experience, I would go with the newer motor.

Good luck.


elaelap posted 01-29-2009 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
My first BW, 'Loolee 3,' was a Katama (same smirkless 16'7" hull as the Nauset you're considering) with a 50 hp four stroke motor. Worked great for me in the ocean north of San Francisco. Just barely hit 30 mph in flat calm conditions (the motor was a Yamaha 'High Thrust'), but quick up onto plane and very economical. I put 760 memorable hours on that rig in less than two years, and the guy who owns the boat now--CW member Steve/17 Bodega--has doubled that usage. I wouldn't recommend it if you're going to be towing ski-ers or tubes, but it will work well for cruising/fishing alone or with no more than a couple of adults on board.


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