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CarlRobert posted 06-22-2001 12:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for CarlRobert  
After a lot of sweat and elbow grease, not to mention money, I finally finished re-powering my classic 1962 13' Sport. Over six months I did the following:

-refinished the mahogany seats
-installed a 2002 Merc 40hp/4 stroke with pt&t (20 inch shaft mounted on CMC vertical extensions)
-put a Merc Trophy Plus 4 blade SS prop on the engine
-installed Merc Commander 2000 controls
-installed Teleflex NFB steering

Today I took it out for the first time to the California Delta (20 min. from my house) in sweltering heat. When I launched my first observation was that the boat sat with the stern low in the water. As an experiment I grabbed some adults near the dock and had them stand in the stern while I watched from the dock. With three adults totaling over 500 lbs (one had to have weighed well over 200), the stern sank lower but still had about 8" of freeboard to the top of the cutout on the transom. With the weight moved forward, the static trimmed appeared normal. I wanted pictures but in the rush to get loaded and out the door the camera was forgotten.

I don't have a tach yet installed, but that whaler MOVES with the 40 hp and SS prop. With my wife and I seated on the rear thwart seat and 3 small kids seated near the bow I throttled down from full to neutral several times and no water washed over the stern! I should add the water was flat calm.

I am very pleased with the outcome. Best of all, the boat's retained its classic whaler appearamnce. (Really best of all was that my wife loved every minute in the boat, which helped since I kinda went over my original budget)

Long post but an exciting day for me. I promise pictures in case anyone wants to see how I installed the extensions.


jimh posted 06-22-2001 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks, Carl for your narrative of the maiden voyage.

The boat sounds lovely. A picture or two showing the mounting of the engine and the lift or setback plate would be appreciated. I think many are interested in re-powering these older boats with 15-inch transoms, and they would benefit from seeing your installation.


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