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E Cro posted 08-18-2003 10:44 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.

skred posted 08-19-2003 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I may be mistaken, but I believe a 1965 model 13 required a 15 inch shaft - unless someone had "adapted" the transom for the 20 inch. A now-avid 4-cycle enthusiast, I do - however - think the weight might be a factor on the 13. My '89 sport 13 had a 30 Yamaha 2-stroke, and it was VERY quick. I'm sure a 25 hp with 2 people aboard is easily in the 25-30 mph range. I'd check the weight of - say a 2-cycle 40 hp against a 4-cycle 25 hp. Since the 13 is rated for 40 hp, and certainly can handle the weight of a 40 2 cycle, you may find the 25 4-stroke to weigh the same or less. The beauty, of course, is the lower noice level, no smoking, and great gas efficiency. I believe the Honda weighs a bit more than the Yamaha, but both are great engines..
Congratulations on your long relationships (both of 'em).
Seawolf posted 08-19-2003 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Seawolf  Send Email to Seawolf     
My 2002 has the standard 40HP 2 stroke. If I had to do it again, I would definitely get a 4 stroke even if it had less horsepower. Unfortunately, in a small boat the majority of my boating is in 'slow speed' zones, and the biggest annoyance is the noise and vibration at from 2000 rpm to 3000 rpm. Being able to poke along quietly at this speed would vastly increase the boating experience. The fact that a 4 stroke is just as noisy as a 2 stroke wide open doesn't matter to me. The only concern is if a 25HP will get the boat on plane with your usual load.

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