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whalebone posted 04-05-2004 05:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalebone   Send Email to whalebone  
Looking at a 71', 17' with a 48 hp Evinrude sounds kind of under powered. Anyone have any thoughts or experience with these motors?



Over the LINE posted 04-06-2004 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
It was a great motor on a 13'. Both my friend and I had trouble with the tilt assist. Not cheap to repair. Other than that, the motor was bullet proof. I would assume a 17' to be underpowered with that motor, but do not know from personal experience.
bkovak posted 04-06-2004 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bkovak  Send Email to bkovak     
I knew of a guy in NJ with an old blue 16 Nauset and a 48 on it. He used to launch in the Manasquan River, go out the inlet and run 5 miles or so offshore. He claimed he did 25 mph. Seemed pretty reliable. Brian
whalebone posted 04-06-2004 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalebone  Send Email to whalebone     
thanks, waiting for pictures on the internet. It is a 95 48 SPL (special). Just never heard of it seems a little under powered but with gas prices heading up. I don't think it will be a problem.
Florida15 posted 04-07-2004 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Ed, I believe the "specials" were introduced as kind of a bare bones model. They made a 48, an 88 and a 112. Some had T&T, some didn't.
Do a search on this site. There was a good thread on "specials" a couple of months ago.
Bigshot posted 04-07-2004 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
She should run about 30+ mph lightly loaded. Great engine and bulletproof. Basically a 50hp w/o oil injection and PTnT. PtnT could have been adde though many did not being it made it more expensive than the 50hp. The tilt assist shocks are on ALL manual tilt engines and they do stick if seal goes bad. I just removed mine when it went bad on my 1975 70hp.
Over the LINE posted 04-08-2004 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
The tilt assist on a 48spl is a little different than most engines. It is also the trim adjustment, so you can't just remove it. There is a lever right about where the steering cable comes out of the motor. You "open" the lever and adjust the motor to whatever trim angle you desire and then "close" the lever locking the motor in place. As I remember, the hydraulics on it can not be rebuilt.
Jarhead posted 04-08-2004 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I think you should trust your instincts on this one Whalebone.

Under powered means the engine will have to work hard to meet normal operation. Fuel efficiency will suffer as well as a shortened engine life.

Hey, just my 2 :)

Bigshot posted 04-08-2004 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I had a 1988 48hp and I don't recall that feature. Actually I don't think there was a cylinder, kinda just like my 35hp.

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