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jimithing posted 03-27-2002 09:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimithing   Send Email to jimithing  
Trim and tilt is a great option on any motor.....I have it on a 50 hp on a 15 whaler and it makes all the difference with the way that hull is designed.

would folks here recommend trim and tilt on a 13 or can you do without. As many of you already know, I recently did buy a motor for a 1980 13 I just got, but bought it without trim and tilt to keep the weight down a little and figured trim and tilt was rarely available on the older model motors anyway so it should'nt make that big a difference.....wondering now if that was not such a good idea.....All comments are welcome. Thanks

JohnAz posted 03-27-2002 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
on my 13' 40hp Johnson, the trim adds 4 mph, the mechanical tilt pin is either nose down or nose up,,,YES trim realy works
gunnelgrabber posted 03-27-2002 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
never run a 13 with tnt,but as a frugal type i balked at having to pay for tnt on a new engine. now i'm 100% converted! the difference is so dramatic! like a 4 cycle "on the cam" feel or "on the pipe" on a 2 stroke motorcyle .it's a luxury that became a necessity rather quickly...even if they screw up sometimes.that option is well worth it and great fun to play with....lm
Clark Roberts posted 03-27-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
I vote for trim & tilt... couldn't do without it and it is especially helpful on the 13 hull (as mentioned above) and the 15 will not reach it's performance potential without it.. on larger boats it is very helpful in negotiating shallow water at idle speeds, for servicing the prop...etc..etc..etc! As to cost, it will pay for itself in convienience and you will get most all $ back on the wraparound when you sell motor.. it's a win/win thing.. beam me up! Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
Bigshot posted 03-28-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I never had a 13 with trim so I say you don't need it but it would be nice to have. For all you wussies that can't mix gasoline, pull-start an engine and now tilt one outa the water....I guess it is mandatory:)

That hull was made almost 30 years before PTnT was available on smaller engines. I also had 2 15's without tilt and they did fine and were just as fast. Yeah my holeshot might have had some bowrise but while you are fiddling with that switch I blew passed you. My Yamaha on my 17' montauk had no trim(would bleed down-quickly) so it was tilt only and she was fine. My dad had a 16' Nauset then a 19' revenge with a 100hp Evinrude and no PTnT that also had to pre-mix and tilt that heavy SOB outa the water. Thank God we got a new suzuki before he gave it to me. Tilting a V4 is a bit tough.

Back to my point....not necessary but neither is air conditioning in your car. I see yamaha just came out with a 8hp with PTnT....come on people, no wonder everyone is getting fatter in this country.

where2 posted 03-28-2002 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
PTT was the only thing my 15' Sport with 70HP lacked. When I get to towing skiers, it's SO nice to be able to trim in for hole shot, and out for speed. Is it necessary, NO. Is it nice to have, Absolutely! If I was going to use the engine as a "portable" then I'd buy it without. If I was going to bolt it on and never take it off again, then go with the PTT!
andygere posted 04-01-2002 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I ran a 13 and a non T/T Merc 40 for years. It worked fine, but it is a pain to yank that motor up everytime you beach the boat. In terms of trim, I picked a "compromise position" for the tilt pin that gave a reasonable hole shot and top end performance. If I ever own another 13, it will have T/T.
Jim Turnbull posted 04-01-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Turnbull  Send Email to Jim Turnbull     
T/T is the way to go, for sure!!! It will save a lot of work when you enter shallow water or when beaching.
Also, a properly trimmed engine is a lot faster than one which is not.
I own a 1999 13 GLS with a Mercury 40 2 stroke 2 cylinder with the T/T option and I couldn't imagine doing without it.
I don't think the T/T adds that much to the overall weight of the engine.

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