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dlon posted 10-30-2002 06:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for dlon   Send Email to dlon  
I run on the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River - presently have 7 miles of water I can't get at because of about 200 yards of 1 foot depth/sand bottom. Own an 84 Montauk and also own a Merc 40hp/60 hp impeller - Usually no more than 1 other person with me - before I go through the work of changing it over - will this motor be enough to get me up on plane? Thanks for any help.
Morocco posted 10-30-2002 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Morocco  Send Email to Morocco     
Not being a smart ass, but can't you pole the 200 yards? Seems like a lot less trouble than changing an engine.

What is the draft on that boat?

dlon posted 10-30-2002 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for dlon  Send Email to dlon     
Good point - unfortunately a recent heart attack and 6 bypasses prevents me from poling too far right now. Water level fluctuates - moderate current - and there are more shallow areas up river. I think the draft is 9 to 10".
jimh posted 10-30-2002 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
How about using a small electric trolling motor to provide the thrust through the shallows?
Bigshot posted 10-31-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Confused on your post you have a 40/60hp...huh? If it is a 60hp and you make it a jet, it will put out about 40+hp.
thebone12 posted 10-31-2002 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for thebone12  Send Email to thebone12     
With a light load, a montauk will plan with a 35hp. I think that a 40 hp jet with be able to do it but the top speed and load carring ability will be hurt. For the money, just get a 19ft carolina skiff new for $4000.00 and put the jet on that and keep the whaler as is. But on the other hand I would love to see how a 17 whaler handles with a jet outboard!

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