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posted 09-06-2002 08:17 PM ET (US)
[I] found a 2001 13-Sport with a Mercury 25-HP 4-stroke in new condition and priced right. Does anyone run this combo or have a feel for how it will perform?
|soggy bottom boy||
posted 09-06-2002 08:21 PM ET (US)
I have a 1988 Sport, powered by a new Yamaha 25-HP 4-stroke. I have not bothered to clock it on GPS, but figure with two people I am doing at least 27-29 MPH depending on conditions. Plenty fast for my needs, so who cares! I think you will be pleased with the setup you have.
Good luck, and enjoy.
posted 09-06-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)
I had a Johnny 25 on my 13 Sport. It would do 25 GPS MPH @WOT with two adults and a youngster.
I think you can expect about the same from the Merc.
Twenty Five MPH in a 13 feels a lot faster.
Red sky at night. . .
posted 09-06-2002 10:23 PM ET (US)
In many past posts people have said that the 25 is a weak [engine?] on the new 13's. I think you should do a search [for?].
posted 09-06-2002 10:49 PM ET (US)
Comparisons between a 1988 and a 2001 13-Sport are not particularly valid because the weight and hull design is quite different between those boats.
Reports of speeds achieved which are gauged "by eye" are not particularly reliable. It is best to report performance numbers that are from reliable instruments; for speed that means a two-way averaged run with DGPS or GPS-WAAS.
The 13-Sport was initially sold with a 25-HP 4-stroke but this was later changed to include options for 40-HP engines, apparently necessary to meet customer's demands for more speed.
I would test drive the boat and see if its speed potential was adequate. The general feeling is that the c.2001 13-Sport hull was a bit underpowered with the 25-HP 4-stroke engine. This may or may not be crucial to your situation. An on-the-water test should tell. Launching a 13-foot boat for a sea trial should be an easy task for any seller and one that any buyer ought to insist upon if he has questions about the performance.
posted 09-09-2002 10:41 AM ET (US)
Post this under the Post-classics section.
posted 09-10-2002 10:12 AM ET (US)
The original classic hulls in 13' weigh about #325-340. The specs for the 2001 and newer sport 13's say dry weight is #600. That's going to change the performance with a specific-sized engine more than a little, I suspect.
posted 09-10-2002 04:56 PM ET (US)
Drive it, drive it, drive it. I had a 2000 Sport 13 and for ME, it was acceptably powered. Fast enough when lightly loaded, but certainly not overpowered. It depends on how you plan to use it - for kids' use, 25 is OK, and for 1-2 people fishing, 25 is OK (trolls like a dream, too). On the other hand, if you want to pull skiers/tubers or haul around 4-5 people, take a pass on the 25.
The 25 on the new 13 Sport is closer in performance than an older 40 (shaft hp) on a Classic 13 Sport than most realize. The new hull is quite efficient at cruising speed. In rougher water, I think a lightly loaded 2000 13' Sport with a 25 (and its deeper V-hull) can comfortably keep up with a comparably loaded 1975 Classic 13 with a similar year 40 hp motor.
And yes, I have owned both and run them in similar conditions.
posted 09-12-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)
My intended use is for the kids to use around the marina at night and for when the are on vacation with the grandparents.At the ages of 15 13 10 I feel the 25 4 stroke is just right.
However I may also 'borrow' it from time to time.
I thank all of you for the responses and will schedule a test run soon.
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