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Rablight posted 05-08-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rablight  
Just bought a 1966 13' whaler. It has a 1978 55 horse Johnson on it mounted on a jackplate and sits low in the water in the back. What is the recommended power for this model and do I need the jack plate?
maverick posted 05-08-2002 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
I have a 1970 13 - just installed a new 25 electric start Johnson on it, remote steering. Nice. Runs great, about 25-30 top end. I believe the max rating is 40HP for a 13. I'll bet that 55 is a screamer! Mav
Rablight posted 05-08-2002 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rablight    
Actually it goes fast but I would rather trade speed for a lighter rear end. Back wash fills the back compartment when I come off of a plane. I'm hoping that downsizing the motor and losing the jack plate will level out the boat.
jimp posted 05-08-2002 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Rablight -

I don't have the catalog, but my 1963 13' Sport max HP was 40. 40 has been the max for years.

I'm sure somebody has an old catalog that will confirm.


Tom W Clark posted 05-09-2002 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
40 hp is, was and always has been the rated maximum horsepower for the remote steering models of the 13' Whaler. The tiller steer model is rated for 20 hp, but I was looking at an early 1960's Whaler catalog last night and it had the tiller steer horsepower rating at 22 hp! That must have been a popular outboard model at the time.

I reality, the advent of prop shaft rated outboards has effectively raised the rated horsepower limit on these old boats but they can take it. 50 and 55 hp motors were very common on 13' Whalers when I was growing up in the 1970's.

jimp posted 05-09-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Tom -

Growing up in the '70s? I think we're all still "growing up" if we're still getting excited about our boats. Sometimes I think we all have minds of 14 year olds. At this rate, when do we become mature?

I'm glad we all have this passion, because it does keep all of us "young" (my wife has concerns). Imagine NOT having passion about your Whaler and thinking "its just another boat"!


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