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Maui Whaler posted 05-22-2002 12:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for Maui Whaler   Send Email to Maui Whaler  
Need your observations and comments, please. Honda 90 or 115, can have either for same price. The 115 is approx 90 lbs heavier than 90. Which one should I go for on a 1976 Newport, boat is in excellent condition. Which one should I go for an why or are there some concerns I have not addressed. My concern is weight. Thanks
jimh posted 05-22-2002 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
According to some data at the engine weights are:

90-HP = 358 lbs.
115-HP = 458 lbs.

That is more like a 100-pound difference.

I have seen many people with a Suzuki 70-HP 4-stroke on a 17-foot Whaler. That engine weighs 335-lbs.

Another common engine for that boat is a 90-HP Yamaha; that outboard weights a scant 261-lbs., or about 200 pounds less than the big Honda.

JBCornwell posted 05-22-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Aloha, Maui Whaler.

I think the weights given for the Hondas are for carbed engines. I believe that the EFI 115 is over 500#. That is far too much for a 16' Whaler.

I can testify thet the EFI DF70 Johnson/Suzuki does very well on a Montauk, as can several other members. I think that EFI is a feature worth having on a 4 stroke.

Another attractive option is the EFI Mercury 60, at almost 100# less than the Suzi.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

PMUCCIOLO posted 05-22-2002 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Maui Whaler,

No matter what engine you choose, make sure that it is the lightest one you can get. That is of paramount importance. Additional HP is nice, but it won't make any difference if the boat doesn't trim properly.


Taylor posted 05-22-2002 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
It may be obvious, but implicit in that advice is the assumption that Newport/Montauk are basically same for repower requirements. I think the Newport weighs in a little higher but you have the older, lighter pre-smirk hull. So I think the assumption is reasonable.

Scan back and find Bigshot's posting titled "sooo quiet..."

Maui Whaler posted 05-24-2002 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maui Whaler  Send Email to Maui Whaler     
Thanks for all the suggestions. I will check them out. As usual you all have been a big help.

Happy Waves

half shell posted 05-24-2002 06:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
I currently have a Honda 50hp 4 stroke. Gas mileage is awesome. Weighs 212 lbs. Can cruise most of the day on a 6.5 gallon can of fuel.I find it a great match for my 82 Montauk. Good luck in your outboard choice.

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