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Lil Whaler Lover posted 08-16-2000 09:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Lil Whaler Lover   Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover  
I recently acquired a 1965 Sport 13. It has a 1974 Merc 402 on it, but I am very willing to repower it. Any engine is fair game but obviously it must be a short shaft. Any engine made from 1960 to present would be a candidate. I would like to see some comments about favorite engines for these old Sport 13's. Please say why you pick a particular engine.
To start this off I will toss on the table a Merc 200. This 20 HP engine ran much stronger than its rating and would take at least 60 pounds off the back end. From old test results I have on Whalers I know this is old a little slower that my 2 cylinder 402.
Has anyone found a short shaft 20-40 HP with power trim and tilt?
Let's have some fun with this. Thanks in advance.
bigz posted 08-17-2000 06:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Dave if you want a darn good engine at a reasonable price try Tihatsu for the baby Whale ---

M40D2EFTOS 40hp w/ t&t, electric start and tiller steer or the M40D2EPTOS 40hp t&t, remote control, electric start, tach both are 15" shafts --- cost difference about $300 --- Tohatsu engines are pretty much bullet proof and you can shop for price --- List price on these are around $3700 -4100 --- but they can be had for considerable less if you take the time and shop ---- ain't like Yamaha OMC or Mercury who have a strangle hold on there authorized dealers

You can find their dealer search engine here ---


PS they also have a nice 30hp 15"

bigz posted 08-17-2000 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
oops Tohatsu
paul_boatforum posted 08-18-2000 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for paul_boatforum  Send Email to paul_boatforum     
Just some added thoughts. I recently purchased a used 85' 13' sport with a 85' 30hp Johnson. I ran the boat the first time out and the prop was spun. But in talking to many people about the boat (when I thought I may have had major engine problems) I seemed to get good feedback from several mechanics on the engine. Not on the condition of this engine per say, but on that model and year. I was told the engine was a sound engine that rarely had major problems if cared for correctly. I must also say that even 30hp seems like enough power for the boat. More is always better, but this certainly does the trick. Just my two cents..Paul

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