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AC posted 01-29-2004 02:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for AC   Send Email to AC  
Just learned today that the Honda 30hp engine is available in a 15" shaft for 2004. Their website apparently hasn't been updated yet, as it states that between the 25hp & 30hp models, only the 25 can be purchased in the short shaft. Well, the 2004 brochure states otherwise, so I called my local dealer back up and they confirmed that you can now get a 30hp with the short shaft, as well as "Gas-assisted" Tilt. Good news for my '63' 13's transom.
CarlRobert posted 02-02-2004 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    

Some things to consider:

1) According to the 2004 Honda catalog, the BF30 short shaft (15") weighs 155 pounds. The long shaft (20") weighs only 5 pounds more at 160 pounds. I don't think the power trim and tilt is available on the 15" model. 155 pounds is a lot of weight to lift when you want to tilt the motor (even with gas assist), especially when you're underway. The pt&t is well worth it!

2) If something really bad happens to your 1963 Whaler, there are not a lot of boats with 15" transoms and you may be stuck with a short shaft motor.

3) The long shaft (20") will make installing teleflex steering a snap.

I was faced with the same decision when repowering my 1962 Sport 13. I went with a 20" shaft and have never regretted it.

Carl Neusel

HAPPYJIM posted 02-02-2004 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Does the 20" make the steering link more accessable or is there some other reason?

I'm looking for a motor for my pre-smirk Sport and if I'm better off with the 20" I would rather know before I buy.

CarlRobert posted 02-02-2004 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
Yes, the motor's tilt tube is higher and there is sufficient clearance to connect the teleflex cable to it. With a 15" shaft motor, you may have to install a standoff bracket on the inside of the transom.


AC posted 02-02-2004 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
I'm lookin' at the 2004 brochure and it denotes the 30hp & 25hp do not have gas-assisted tilt, but rather come available with PT&T. I'll have to double check with my dealer again to make sure he was correctly informed about which trim package you can get. You make a good point Carl, but I've learned that if anything does happen to my '63', plenty more classics will turn up on eBay. Plus, I plan on keeping the cable steering - I want this baby in original condition like a restored antique.
HAPPYJIM posted 02-02-2004 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Thanks for the info

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