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RFK posted 09-29-2003 06:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for RFK   Send Email to RFK  
Recently I was fishing on Central Lake, Mi, and I noticed a 16SL with 90 Honda on the transom. I am curious if anyone has tried this combination and does it work. As 16SL owner I apssed on the idea because of weight. After seeing this I wonder what performance is like?

bobgilsp posted 10-01-2003 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobgilsp  Send Email to bobgilsp     
bobgilsp posted 10-01-2003 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobgilsp  Send Email to bobgilsp     
I've had a Honda 90 on my SL16 for about a year. The boat handles great. I finally raised the engine to the top hole so that the AV plate is about 1" above the bottom of the "V". I recently hit 5800 rpms with 3 people on board. My prop is the Honda 13.25 stainless steel with a 17" pitch.
The weight is not a significant problem. At rest, the splashwell's scuppers are frequently under water. Also, that below-deck cavaity where the bottom bolts of the engine bracket come through the transom fills up with water. I need to waterproof the seal between the deck & the covering plate that hides those bolts.
RFK posted 10-04-2003 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
SO you like the performance, but it does sit a bit low in the water when at rest.

Thank you.

CHRISWEIGHT posted 10-05-2003 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for CHRISWEIGHT  Send Email to CHRISWEIGHT     
that is interesting I have an 16sl with a merc 90 which sits with the outlets 3" or more obove the water at rest and I am surprised that 100 or so pounds more should make the boat sit that low.
bobgilsp posted 10-05-2003 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobgilsp  Send Email to bobgilsp     
I'll have to check the water level sometime in calm water when I'm not standing in the stern. According to Chris, his scuppers are 3" above water at rest with a 305 lb Merc. The Honda 90 is supposedly only about 70 lbs. heavier. Perhaps it is my added weight in the stern that puts the scuppers under water.

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