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davidgarth posted 06-05-2001 10:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for davidgarth   Send Email to davidgarth  
I will soon be boating at 5300' with my Whaler and a Mercury 40 4 stroke. Do most of you knowledgeble Whalers adjust or re-jet your carbs for high altitude, change props, or just leave everything the same?


Dr T posted 09-17-2001 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
This is definitely a "Your mileage will vary" question.

My comments apply to my old two-stroke, and 4 strokes, especially EFI, will be a different matter.

After one season with my 82 Johnson 35 HP, I think that I have been able to conclude that it really depends on your specific use.


I have a 10 x 13, 10.5 x 11, and 11x9 Props.

At very High (> 7000 ft), I believe that the engine needs the 11 x 9 with any kind of load. I also use it at about 5500 ft for pulling kids on a tube, but the engine will over rev (5800 rpm) at WOT if I am solo. Heck of a hole shot, though.

At moderate altitudes, I expect that the 10.5 x 11 will be the workhorse.

ReJetting: I haven't done it, but am sorely tempted to have a mechanic look at it this winter. The motor definitely loses power at high altitude.

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