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Sport 15 GLS repower w/03 50hp Honda
|Author||Topic: Sport 15 GLS repower w/03 50hp Honda|
posted 05-17-2004 01:11 PM ET (US)
I'm thinking of repowering my 93 15' GLS with a 2003 Honda 50 four stroke. I would like anyone's opionion on the Honda and it's performance. I can buy the motor for $2500.
posted 05-17-2004 06:26 PM ET (US)
Try and stay under 200lbs of engine weight. I think the 4 strokes are two heavy, and a two stroke would be better to reduce the weight. My 4 stroke 60HP Yamaha is 245 lbs and really is to much weight. If I did have a pate tank under the seat and my dry locker ice chest forward of the helm and the thwart seat my free board in the stern would be less than 6 inches. The old 50 HP 2 stroke Johnson/Everuide two cyl or the old 4 cyl Merc 50 were the best for the 15 hull. Try and find an equivelant.
posted 05-17-2004 06:45 PM ET (US)
Did you check to see if your qd had little donut washers? Perhaps one fell overboard and cannot seal without it.
posted 05-17-2004 08:26 PM ET (US)
The 50HP Honda is a nice motor and only weighs about 189lbs. I would say it is an excellent match. In fact, if you don't buy the motor, let me know as I may be interested if the motor is still under warranty.
posted 05-18-2004 09:23 AM ET (US)
I also have a '93 15 gls. Mine is powered by a '93 Yamaha 70hp 2-stroke. Not sure of the weight of the motor. Performs great. I would not want to go down to a 50hp. It depends on how you use it. Pulling a heavy skier or in the gulf with rough water the punch of the 70 is needed or at least is nice to have. With just one person on board you could argue that it is over powered. Boat is rated for 70hp. I don't think the weight issue that you are looking at is that critical. With my 70hp and 12 gallon pate tank under rear seat and with two batteries in the rear - the boat sits pretty level in the water. No problems. Good luck.
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