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Eric B posted 11-19-2002 05:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eric B   Send Email to Eric B  
I have a 79 Johnson 35 I'm planning to save from my Achilles to use on a 13 Whaler. Assuming I find a boat with steering installed, would it be cheap and easy to rig the motor for steering? Or would I be better off holding out for a complete package? I'm parting out this 11' Achilles, and it seems a shame to part with the perfectly good motor and trailer. Any advice would be appreciated.


quickfarms posted 11-20-2002 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for quickfarms  Send Email to quickfarms     
Sell me your motor and I will put it on my 13' Whaler
Tom W Clark posted 11-20-2002 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

That motor is very easy to hook up to mechanical steering. The 35 has a tilt tube that will allow for a through-tilt-tube connection of a Teleflex (or equivalent) steering system.

This will be easy to accomplish so long as your 13' Whaler has a 20" transom (tan inside) and not a notched 15" (blue inside). If the latter, the notch will interfere with the steering cable and you will need to use an external clamp block to hold the cable.

The other alternative is to use cable and pulley steering. The Johnson 35 has a spot on the "carrying handle" for attachment of the anchoring hardware for the pulleys and spring.

Your 35 is a great motor for a 13' Whaler. I had a 1977 Johnson 35 on my 13' and it was a perfect match.

Eric B posted 11-20-2002 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric B  Send Email to Eric B     

Thank you very much. Just the type of advice I was looking for.

So then my short shaft motor will be ok on a 20" transom?

The motor does not have the tube, so it looks as if I'll need to use an external clamp box either way, I suppose.

Thanks again for the help. I have lines on two 13's, one blue, one tan, so it's great to know this stuff.


Tom W Clark posted 11-20-2002 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

No, your 15" motor will not work on a 20" transom Whaler, at least not without a 10" set back bracket!

You can either convert it to a 20" shaft with a shaft extention kit (about $200 for parts), or get a blue hulled Whaler.

Eric B posted 11-20-2002 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric B  Send Email to Eric B     
Thanks, Tom. I figured so. But hey, I have a soft spot for the blue ones anyway!


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