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flyfisher1771 posted 03-16-2004 04:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for flyfisher1771   Send Email to flyfisher1771  
I am powering a '67 13' and I am having trouble finding exactly what I need (a remote 15" shaft) engine. Is it easy to convert a tiller control to a remote? How about cost? Obviously I would need to buy the remote and cables, but what about the other goodies for conversion? Also can an alternator be added to a manual start engine? I see that some have aux alternators and some don't. Although I don't post much I read this site almost daily and I would be honored to get some input from you guys. Also some HP opinions would be great (leaning to 25-30hp).

jimh posted 03-16-2004 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I think Nissan/Tohatsu have a 15-inch shaft engine available.
DaveS posted 03-17-2004 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
Check with Merc...I'm not sure if it's still offered but I was able to pick up 30hp short shaft merc from a place called Electra Marine... in NY...they were a mail order kind of place...It was a tiller but had someone convert it to controls...was a while ago...great little engine, I have a feeling it was a commercial model, wasn't like the other mercs in my dealers showroom...pushed my carolina skiff really nice...and when all was said and done...not only did I have electric start but had the backup of the old pull start...didn't have tilt and trim but it was manufactured for it...just didn't have the $ at the time...

Good luck...


Peter posted 03-17-2004 07:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
As previously said, you should be able to get a Johnson 25 or 30 in a 15 inch shaft length. A 30 HP Johnson, 15 inch shaft, remote controlled, electric start is a very good match for the 13 Whaler.
craig posted 03-17-2004 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for craig  Send Email to craig     
I would strongly recommend the 40HP Tohatsu 2stroke. It is a light engine at ~150lbs, very reliable, has 15" shaft, includes the controls and a prop in the basic price. I would think you could get this motor for around $3200 plus installation. Check out this site for more details:
craig posted 03-17-2004 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for craig  Send Email to craig     
I forgot to mention in my previos post that you could also get the 30HP 4stroke for about the same price; however I feel the 40hp 2stroke would be a better match. Good luck :)
flyfisher1771 posted 03-17-2004 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for flyfisher1771  Send Email to flyfisher1771     
Thanks for the input. I have looked at some new motors, but my budget is more in the used motor range, so I am wondering specifically if anyone have converted a tiller to a remote and what is involved.

brisboats posted 03-17-2004 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
Flyfisher, if buying used you might want to look at OMC the 2 cylinder 25-40hps these are super easy to convert from tiller to remote. They have the external shift lever on the starboard side. Throttle on port. I have had them from the 70's to mid 80's and they are the same. You can use the simplex control box that has the seperate throttle and shift levers, these are plentiful on Ebay. If you buy one that is a tiller , one bolt removes the tiller handle and all you need is the control box and cables. Doesn't get much easier than that.


ryanwhaler posted 03-17-2004 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
flyfisher1771 ,
I converted a 15 hp Mercury into a tiller last fall.

I had two motors, the 15merc with the tiller and a 8merc with controls, I wanted to swap them.

It wasn't easy, and I two motors to compare to. I took digital pictures of the throttle set up on both motors before getting started, it was very helpful. The remote throttle system on my Smaller mercs very simple, much easier to understand then the tiller ones.

You will a good reference to know how it should look, a complete set of metric socket's and lot of percents, I wanted to take a bat to the motor more then one!! It took me about a half a day to do it, I could do it faster a 2ed time.

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