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wichted posted 11-27-2002 08:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for wichted   Send Email to wichted  
I have a 1970 Boston Whaler that just came out of storage (inherited from relative).

What size engine can the boat hold?

I notice the 2003 13ft come with a 40hp engine. I'm not sure if the older boat can handle the same horsepower. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

jimh posted 11-27-2002 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Information about the dimension and ratings of a classic Boston Whaler 13-foot boat can be found in the Reference Section.

soggy bottom boy posted 11-30-2002 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for soggy bottom boy  Send Email to soggy bottom boy     
You can run a 40hp 4 stroke on them. There is a least one guy on this site with a 40 Yamaha on his 13. I have a 25 hp. Yamaha 4 stroke on my 1988. I've seen 50 hp. 2 strokes on some. You really need to decide what you want to do. My 25 hp. is fine for 2 guys, or watersports with 2 small kids and the wife, but if you want serious punch go with a 30 or 40 hp 4 stroke.

Good luck,

andygere posted 12-02-2002 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Take a look at the Tohatsu/Nissan 2 stroke 40 hp. It is available in the 15" shaft which your hull requires, and can be had with tilt and trim. Unless the boat is damaged, it can handle the 40 which in my mind is the ideal powerplant. Some folks are running 4-strokes, but they tend to sit a little low in the stern because of the extra weight. I ran a '72 13 with a Merc 40 for many years-- great setup.

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