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skred posted 09-03-2002 01:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for skred   Send Email to skred  
Met a fellow at the ramp here who had a 2001-2002 (?) 13 sport with a 40 Merc 4-cycle. He said they picked it up in April 2002 (New).
He complained that it barely got up on plane with 2 people aboard, and wouldn't pull a small skier up. He returned to the dealer, who installed a transom wedge to tuck the motor further under - to no avail. The motor is propped with a 13 pitch. This doesn't seem right at all. I suggested going to a 12 pitch, but I don't think that's the answer... He mentioned that the motor has been oozing oil out of the crankcase drain plug since he picked it up, but he always checks the oil.... I gave him the name of the forum here, so he may show up with the same questions, but if any suggestions are forthcoming, I'll look for the fellow at the ramp and pass them on.
AC posted 09-04-2002 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
You might try posting an inquiry in the Cetacea follow-up forum regarding Cetacea # 56. Carl Neusel mounted a 40hp. 4-stroke on an old 13'Sport.
Also, I read in a thread above in this forum where Bigshot mentioned that a 15 hp should be fine for getting a 13' on plane. Sounds to me like something is wrong with his engine.
skred posted 09-05-2002 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I'll check the followup thing. Of note is the fact that the new 13's weigh over 600 lbs., while the classic hulls were about 320 lbs. Also, the hull has been redesigned, and no longer resembles the original 13.
Bigshot posted 09-05-2002 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
It should still cook with a 40 on it. A Montauk will still run over 30 with a 40hp.

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