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Wayneman posted 10-22-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for Wayneman   Send Email to Wayneman  
Can anyone tell me what the optimal size motor would be for the above boat? I boat boat motor and trailer for $350.00 but the rebuilt Merc 40 hp that's on it still pulls the boat up on plane with 3 people on board!
However, my friend's 17 footer with an 88 hp
goes fast enough to put tears in your eyes. Any ideas? Wayneman
Highwater posted 10-22-2001 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
We have discussed this subject a number of times. You might find it interesting and informative to go to the Performance forum and change "Show topics from last 10 days" to "Show topics from last two years. Then search on keywords like "repower." Our moderator and others are working on a search engine that will make this even easier in the future.

I mention this because there are lots of different opinions about questions such as this, and once we all state our opinion it gets tiresome to go through the whole thing again. Plus you feel a little guilty making a point when you know that other members—whose opinions you respect—disagree with you.

That said, I will go out on a limb and give my opinion again.

If you can afford it, I would go to and order a 90hp, 4 Cylinder, Honda with power t&t for $ 5,825. Other engines are less expensive, most are lighter, and some are slighlty faster, but nothing is nearly as quiet—especially at idle speed. Resale value will be excellent, and if you are not running at WOT all the time (as you might with a 40 hp engine), the Honda will last forever.

Gep posted 10-23-2001 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Hey Wayneman,
Maybe we could work out a deal, You want my Big Twin and I need a Merc 40hp. Think about it.
andygere posted 10-24-2001 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The short answer: I think 85-90 hp is ideal on this boat. Check older posts in the performance section to find out why.
Eric posted 10-24-2001 05:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
90 horse Johnson on my 62 Nauset. Runs about 42-44 max, and burns less than 3 gal/hr (not when wide open of course).
Wayneman posted 10-26-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wayneman  Send Email to Wayneman     
Thank you everybody. And since we last spoke, the 40 hp Merc conked out and left me near a lighthouse on the Hudson River. I had to borrow a friends Whaler to tow mine back to the dock. Most embarassing and dissapointing in peak season leave and eagle viewing season. I may be in the market for a used motor. Wayneman
TightPenny posted 10-27-2001 02:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
I thought that it was Giant viewing season in NY-NJ. They watch eagles further south. :)
Wayneman posted 10-28-2001 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wayneman  Send Email to Wayneman     
Hey Gep; my 40 hp Merc is a long-shaft.

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