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shorty413 posted 02-12-2004 06:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for shorty413   Send Email to shorty413  
Hi all. I just signed up today. I've looked at this site for quite awhile. My Dad and I bought a 13' Whaler last summer. The first time out with it the motor died on us. We've recently been trying to find a good, used 25-40hp to put on her. My question is this. It has a 16" transom and finding a short shaft motor with electric start and remote is next to impossible where I am at(northern Ohio, near Lake Erie). I was wondering if I put a jack plate(mini jacker from th marine with 3" of lift) on the transom, would that give me enough room to run a long shaft motor? Would it negatively affect the performance? I would appreciate any help anyone could offer. We would really like to get her out on Sandusky Bay and rivers this spring. By the way, I love the site. Looking at all those classic Whalers is awesome. Thanks again.


AC posted 02-12-2004 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
View the article and photos from Cetacea p. 56 and see how Carl Neusel installed a jack plate for his 1962 13' model. Many folks have put 20" shaft motors on these old 15" transoms using jack plates or building up the transoms by other means. Also, try a search on "transoms" and "jack plates".
AC posted 02-12-2004 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
Here's an example of where DaveNJ increased the height of his transom without using a jack plate:
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keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
to do justice, start at the front page :0

I'm doing something similar yet different......but everyone will have to wait until I'm finished (which better be by the first of April as I'm gettin' an itchin' for fishin')


keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
messed up that link didn't I.......smellin' too much paint fumes!

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keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
I give me out here!


shorty413 posted 02-12-2004 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for shorty413  Send Email to shorty413     
Hey, thanks for the help. At least I know it can be done. I'm wondering if I can get away with only 3" of lift or will I have to have the full 5"? Again, thanks for the input. I hope I can find something to get the old girl back on the water this spring!
keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
you will need more than 3". Butcher-Bob had my 20" outboard mounted about 2.5" above the cutout and it was still too low.

Good luck and these little boats are great!


andygere posted 02-13-2004 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
FYI: Tohatsu/Nissan still make a 40 hp with 15 inch shaft, electric start and power tilt and trim.
AC posted 02-13-2004 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
New for 2004, Honda's 30hp 4-stroke is now available in a short shaft. It's what I'm going to put on my '63' 13'sport this spring.
triblet posted 02-14-2004 02:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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