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Boatbrain posted 03-20-2004 01:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Boatbrain   Send Email to Boatbrain  
I have a 1971 Sport 13. I have a great deal on a 20" shaft 1998 Mercury 40 hp engine with tilt and trim which I would like to buy for my whaler. The dry weight on the Merc is 204 lbs.
Is this overkill for this boat? I am aware of the mods necessary on the transom to accomodate the 20" shaft.
Advice, guidance would be appreciated.
DaveH posted 03-20-2004 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
The engine is not overkill for a 13' Whaler. If you would like to trim the boat more level, you can purchase an underseat fuel tank from Pate Plastics and mount it under the forward thwart seat.

Good luck with the modification of the transom.

HAPPYJIM posted 03-20-2004 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
I'm doing the same thing today except using the info from Cetacea Page 56. Check it out....I have followed it with no problems yet and I have 2 pieces of angle left if you are interested in them.
Boatbrain posted 03-20-2004 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boatbrain  Send Email to Boatbrain     
Hello HappyJim,
Yes, I am very interested thank you. I will email you off the list!
Boatbrain posted 03-20-2004 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boatbrain  Send Email to Boatbrain     
Do you know the web address for Pate Plastics or a contact number?
Putting the fuel tank under the forward seat appears to be a great solution to counter the weight of that outboard. I appreciate your suggestion, thank you.
jimh posted 03-21-2004 01:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Pate Plastics has no known web site or online presence, and in general if you search for them on GOOGLE.COM you will be directed back here to the continuouswave website. It is usually the first "hit" in the search engine.

A great deal of information about Pate Plastics is provided on this website in the Reference section. Please see:

On-Deck Fuel Tanks

When you contact Pate Plastics, may I suggest that you mention how you came to hear of them. I am certain that I have sent them many, many customers, yet I have never heard from them in any way to suggest that they are at all aware of the hundreds of mentions they have received in this forum or of the existence of the reference article that provides information about how to purchase their products.

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