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robsam posted 05-02-2014 10:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for robsam   Send Email to robsam  
Have an opportunity to get my hands on a 1968 16-foot 7-inch hull with no motor. I currently have a 35-HP two-stroke Evinrude that I could use for the time being.

I know the minimum power for these hulls is 35-HP, but I'm wondering if anyone out there with some experience or a similar set up can offer some advice? Majority of time the boat would have one or two adults and two young kids on lakes, bays, rivers only - no offshore.


Teak Oil posted 05-02-2014 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Stick to rivers and small lakes you should be fine. Stay away from the bays you will have almost no reserve power if it gets rough.

If you plan to do water sports in the future look for a 70 at least, 90 preferred

contender posted 05-02-2014 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
40hp is the smallest recommended from the factory, 90 seems to be the best all round engine for this size whaler...
dgoodhue posted 05-03-2014 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgoodhue  Send Email to dgoodhue     
Majority of time the boat would have one or two adults and two young kids on lakes

35 hp is the minimum hp for satisfactory performance with a light load. 2 adult and 2 kids is not a light load.

andrey320 posted 05-12-2014 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for andrey320  Send Email to andrey320     
I drove a commercial 17 withe a 25 tiller Honda for the City of LA for a while. It would plane with a driver (after a struggle). With two, the passenger would have to sit on the bow to get it to plane.

A 35 on a non-commercial hull will probably do much better than the performance I experienced.

DaveS posted 05-12-2014 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
Twins, anyone? I seem to recall a few of those outfitted with twin engines, I had a few pictures of one particular boat but can't find it now.

Just another thought.

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