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E Cro posted 08-18-2003 10:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for E Cro   Send Email to E Cro  
Since 1965 I have had a 13'3' Standard Model Boston Whaler, then later converted to the Sport model, and I have had a number of outboard engines on it and now want to upgrade again. I am thinking of a 25hp, electric start, remote steering, 4 stroke Yamaha, but upon seeing it at the dealers, it looks too large for the boat. And, I have been getting different opinions whether I need a short or long shaft. Can anyone provide advice on this?

My second choice is a Honda 20hp 4 stroke with electric start and remote steering. Agin, what shaft length is best? and which would be the better fit for the boat. We use it mostly for slow moving fishing, but sometimes want to cruise faster. It has been a great boat and next to my wife of 42 years and my shotgun of 50 yrs, it is the best thing I have. We have cruised the Mississippi with it, fished the lakes, hunted ducks and hauled rocks for landscaping with it. Except for a couple of patched holes in the hull, it is still in remarkable condition. It has been a great boat.

Bigshot posted 08-18-2003 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I would get a 25 or 30hp....20 is a tad small. You need a 15" shaft.
2manyboats posted 08-18-2003 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2manyboats  Send Email to 2manyboats     
i have a 25 yamaha 4 stroke on our 13 and we love it , 23 kts and the gas will go bad before you can use 6 gal. if your not careful
Mississippi posted 08-18-2003 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mississippi  Send Email to Mississippi     
Earlier this summer we purchased a 15, 30 Hp Nissan 4-stroke, T/T for my 1966 13' Sport. You will find that the number of options is limited once you specify a 15 length and 30 or larger engine.

Like you, we often use our Sport for multiple purposes on the Mississippi and its backwaters. We have really enjoyed the Nissan engine. With myself, my wife, a couple kids, and a cooler (about 500 lbs.), we get up on a quick plane and can run about 30 mph. One time we had about 850 lbs on board and found it very hard to get on plane. The motor is very quiet and sips gas. Personally, I would not get anything smaller than a 30 hp given the variety of loads we carry.

Good luck and have fun!

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