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dist6b posted 06-13-2002 09:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for dist6b   Send Email to dist6b  
I have a 1968 16' 7" whaler. Is a 1997 Yahama 115 too much power and too much weight for this boat. I know it is only rated at 100 hp, but I feel that it is too old to insure anyway.
Soho posted 06-13-2002 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
Whether the 115 is too much power and weight is sort of a subjective question I think. According to the specs for the boat, yes it is over the limit I think. Will it handle it; sure it will, you will find a number of people on this forum who might have done this. Having said that, I have a 69 16'7" with a 90 Yamaha and I cannot really see why I would need more power, it goes like a scalded cat now. Caveat: I do not pull skiers etc.
Many people seem to be going to 70hp 4 strokes in fact on these boats.



dist6b posted 06-13-2002 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for dist6b  Send Email to dist6b     
Thanks Ron,
Your right as far as power....I don't think I need it, its just that I have found this used 115 Yahama....I would prefer about a 90 far I just haven't come across any. Anyone in the Pearland,Tx. area have a good used one.
JimU posted 06-13-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
My 90 Yam works fine on my 16-7.I would go with a 90 unless you get a real good deal on a 115.
donel posted 06-13-2002 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for donel  Send Email to donel     
from my experience 115 hp would be minimum. for skiers and between fishing spots mid 40's mph is desirable. i put a new 135 johnson on my '68 in 1973 and went to a 140 johnson in 1988 when the old trim unit was shot and it's been great. can still fish 15 miles out, troll all day and have plenty of reserve in 2 - 12 gal tanks. i will be swapping for a '80's montauk this summer and want a 130 yam on her. luck

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