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holiberry posted 08-08-2004 10:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for holiberry   Send Email to holiberry  
just got a stripped hull, going to refurbish. any suggestions on motor for this boat? i have been looking on ebay etc... it measures 17" from the cut out to the bottom of hull. would like to keep as original as possible with an older johnson, but what makes sense? it has a fibrglass interior wall the width of the boat on the inside, not a boxed in area. i would like the max power without being stupid.also any websites etc. on origional parts (wood, steering boxs etc?) thanks in advance....david
uberhahn posted 08-09-2004 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for uberhahn  Send Email to uberhahn     
you've found the best resource on the web for Whaler history.

I have the same 13 footer. My transom is cut out for a 15" shaft motor. However, the brackets installed make a normal 20" motor possible. The max hp is 40. That's what I have and am very satisfied with it. I suppose it depends on what you want to do. Some ski and tube with it. Others just troll.


dburton posted 08-10-2004 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Here are a couple of good places to start:

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If you could splurge for a new motor this one would be great and comes in a 15" shaft;


nFL_Bosn69 posted 08-10-2004 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
Ahhh, another North Florida 13. Wonderful.

I have a 69 Johnson 20hp clamped to my '69 13'. It seems to power it well enough to get on plane, but not much past that. More power would be desirable, but it's the motor that was sold originally with the hull, so I doubt I will upgrade anytime soon. Personally, I think a classic hull deserves a vintage motor, but right now it is at the cost of higher speed capability. I'm looking into buying a vintage 35 or something for it so I can have the best of both worlds.

Good Luck

Mumbo Jumbo posted 08-10-2004 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mumbo Jumbo  Send Email to Mumbo Jumbo     
I have a 3 year old 25 hp. four stroke electric start Yamaha with power trim and tilt (weight is 156 lbs.) on a 1972 13' Whaler (transom has been raised to 20"). The 25 Yamaha has a PowerTec stainless prop (if you need the model#, email me) which is really needed for this engine. This is a fantastic engine for the 13. It has planed five average adults (just barely) and planes (minimally) four in very small seas. It is the ideal engine for the 13 when used primarily with two or three people. I have taken it over 8 miles offshore on a flat summer day. I have owned a 13 of some sort since 1960 and have powered them with motors from 50 hp. to 9.8hp. The 25 four stroke needs to be mounted about 3" higher than the top of the engine mounting bracket would suggest. This gives better high end performance and allows the engine to be tilted up to run the boat at idle in less than a foot of water. The power trim feature is mandatory in my estimation since it gives you great control over boat trim which is important when there are two people on the rear seat and two 25qt igloos behind the seat.

My boat has a top speed of 27.5mph with one person, 12 gallons of gas and a full complement of gear which includes two qt. Igloo coolers full of ice. I suspect it runs close to the same with two people. I have two friends who have the same engine and prop on 13s and they are very satisfied with the performance. 25 or 30hp two stroke engines would be stronger than the four stroke and should be even more responsive.

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