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Sea Gull posted 03-29-2015 12:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sea Gull   Send Email to Sea Gull  
What is the maximum horspower a [a 1988 17 foot Boston Whaler boat] was made for[?] Was the design meant for the engine weight or its horsepower maximum[?]
Freddy posted 03-29-2015 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Freddy  Send Email to Freddy     
100-HP

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/16-17/

jimh posted 03-30-2015 04:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Was the design meant for the engine weight or its horsepower maximum[?]

I am not sure what you are asking in terms of the intention of the design of the boat. As far as I can judge, in 1988 when someone designed a boat to be powered by an outboard engine, they designed it to be used with the outboard engines of that time.

In 1988 Boston Whaler did not specify a maximum engine weight. When a maximum horsepower rating was given in 1988, the best inference about the maximum engine weight that can be made today is to assume the maximum engine weight is the weight of an outboard engine of c.1988 that had 100-HP, or about 300-lbs.

For the weight of older outboard engines, see

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/011042.html

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