1969 KATAMA 16 Re-power

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1969 KATAMA 16 Re-power

Postby 69katama » Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:27 pm

Q1: will a Suzuki DF70 be a good engine to re-power a 1969 KATAMA 16?

Q2: where can I find a reputable outboard engine dealer with a 20-inch shaft 90-HP engine in stock?


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I can find a 20-inch 70-HP or a 25-inch 90-HP but no 20-inch 90-HP. I would rather not use a jack plate. I don't want the boat to be under-powered.

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Re: 1969 KATAMA 16 Re-power

Postby jimh » Wed Jun 08, 2022 6:44 am

A new SUZUKI DF70 would be a nice engine on a 1969 KATAMA 16 boat.

Read more at

https://continuouswave.com/whaler/refer ... power.html

Read at

https://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000635.html

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Re: 1969 KATAMA 16 Re-power

Postby Phil T » Wed Jun 08, 2022 11:29 am

A Suzuki 70-HP will do very well.

As for dealer who has one, that will be very difficult.

I would locate them your area via http://www.suzukimarine.com/Dealers.aspx.

Sorry to say, 95=percent of [new engine] buyers are placing orders with a refundable deposit and waiting five to 16 months for delivery--model dependan).

Also know: any loose engines will likely be marked up significantly to take advantage of demand. Expect engine prices to be in the $9,000 to $11,000 range. Rigging and installation will add about $2,500.
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Re: 1969 KATAMA 16 Re-power

Postby Richard Cranium » Sat Jun 11, 2022 6:51 am

I was on Marathon Key in Florida in May 2022. The Suzuki dealer there had eight Suzuki 90-HP engine in crates and for sale. He was asking $8,500 for them, but would only sell an engine if he also installed that engine.

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Re: 1969 KATAMA 16 Re-power

Postby jimh » Sat Jun 11, 2022 8:44 am

A cogent article to read on this topic is

1981 Montauk 17 Re-power
https://continuouswave.com/forum/viewto ... 17&p=39758

Therein you will also find a mention of another interesting article about power needed for the 16/17-foot hulls:

Storm Story: July 17, 2006, Manitoulin Island
https://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/013113.html

The salient comments about engine weight are all in the first post that thread.