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JFM posted 07-29-2002 11:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for JFM   Send Email to JFM  
Does anyone know the max. weight for the 16' transom? I know the max. hp is 100. The motor on the boat currently is a 1979 100 Johnson @300 lbs. However, back in the 1960's didn't the older motors weigh more? What did the 55 Bearcat weigh?
Thanks, Jay
Bigshot posted 07-29-2002 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Less....they weighed less.....go figure.

Bearcat weighed around 250.

JFM posted 07-29-2002 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Just found out the Bearcat55 weighs 240lbs. That's much less than the 4 strokes of today. I still would appreciate if anyone knows the max.# on the old 16' transom. Thanks, Jay
Tom W Clark posted 07-29-2002 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

There is (was) no maximum weight rating for the transom of Whalers back then. In fact the "maximum transom weight" is something that has come into existence only in the 1990's.

Back in the 1960's thransom weight was a non-issue. The biggest motor made back then was what? The Mercury in-line six? The Johnson/Evinrude V-4? How much did those weight? Less than 300 lbs. Big deal.

lhg posted 07-29-2002 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I ran a Mercury 6 cylinder 115, 1984 model with power trim, on my 1971 Nauset. This engine weighs 305 lbs, and it was no problem at all. Not a stress crack, nothing, in the gelcoat. The boat also carried an 8HP kicker, weighing about 80 lbs. Many of Whaler's catalogs of the 60's and 70's show these in-line sixes on the boats.

IF the hull is sound, I would say that any of the 16's could carry a total of 400 lbs on the transom, which would include the 100HP and less 4 strokes. On a hull in less than great condition, probably less.

JFM posted 07-29-2002 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Thanks BS, Tom and Larry.
I found a guy who has 3, 2001 Evinrude 4 stroke 70's(359lbs.) for about $4800. The problem is here locally, I can't find a dealer who will even rig it let alone work on one. They don't know these are bullet proof Suzikis and also there is no Suzuki(outboard) dealer within 75 miles. They lump this into OMC and say they still can't get parts and refuse to work on OMC. Regards, Jay
Bigshot posted 07-29-2002 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
bring it down here, we'll rig it together. Anyone should be able to rig it, they rigged mine. Maybe not a dealer but any mechanic will.
Bigshot posted 07-29-2002 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Actually, the dealer should hand it for free, just as easy to set it on a transom than to set it in a truck. Then you can rig the rest yourself. Easy on this engine being it just plugs together. Hardest part was cutting the console to mount new controls. You have wood so no biggie. My montauk console is like 5 inches thick there and I just sheared blades.
JFM posted 07-29-2002 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Nick, with all the want adds for Nausets. I may sell the boat before I get a chance to put a motor on it:) Regards, Jay

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