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alukban posted 06-18-2002 08:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for alukban   Send Email to alukban  
Is an old Currituck w/ a 90 HP Evinrude VRO a good idea? It's over 360 lbs. Do you just store all your junk up front? What kind of prop and general set-up would one use?

As a complete newcomer, it seems like not many whaler people put Evinrudes in their 17's - why?

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Cpt Quint posted 06-18-2002 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
have 88 spl evinrude on mine. No vro. Its a solid low maintainance set up.

As far as the boat, price has to be right.

Wild Turkey posted 06-18-2002 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
My 1989 Montauk was originally rigged by the dealer with a 90hp Evinrude. I think you will find plenty of 17' Whalers with Evinrude/Johnson power.
Tom W Clark posted 06-18-2002 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

A Evinrude 90 hp VRO weights about 300 lbs, not 360 lbs. This is well within the reasonable weight limits of the 16/17 hull. There is capacity for a good sized kicker motor as well.

The 90 hp motor is an excellent choice for the Currituck, especially if you water ski, inner tube or wake board, though it will perform well with less.

It is ironic that you note few Whalers have Evinrudes on them. Apart from Johnson outboards (Evinrude's twin sibling) there have been more Evinrudes on Whalers than any other outboard made. And the 90 hp motor may specifically be the most popular size of them all.

Have fun with your boat. It's a great set up!

alukban posted 06-18-2002 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for alukban  Send Email to alukban     
It just seemed like most of the threads about motors did not discuss Evinrudes... it was always Mercurys or Johnsons. Are Evinrude and Johnson the same company?
Bigshot posted 06-18-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Evinrude/Johnson same engine different colors...made by OMC and now Bombardier. The reason most Whalers were rigged with OMC's is because(sorry lhg) OMC's "were" considered a "premium" outboard compared to Mercury and Chrysler(ironic Merc bought Chrysler) until Yamaha came to the US in full force in 1984. Then many and most Whaler dealers started selling Yamaha too. Now that Mercury(Brunswick) owns BW you see the majority with Mercs.

This will vary on demographics. On freshwater(midwest) you might see more older whalers rigged with Mercs more than on the East coast where OMC ruled the ocean and Whalers of course are more plentiful.

whalernut posted 06-18-2002 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I have a 1973 `16 currituck with a 1975 85h.p. Johnson without Tilt/Trim or VRO and it weighs about 270-290 I am guessing??? Anyway, it is more than I need, but with 3 or more passingers, it I am really glad it is back there, or if a storm starts to brew. As for fuel cunsomtion and trolling, it trolls a little to fast and it sucks fuel like the dickens. If I had a choice, I would rather have a 50-70 h.p. engine, but not until this one eats it, and the way it is running, that may take a while!! If you want to see my boat, look at page 14 of the Cetecea, it is the last set of pictures. Jack.
Ed Z posted 06-18-2002 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Z  Send Email to Ed Z     
I have Dick Fishers solution.. 85hp Bearcat... It weighs 280# and will troll so slow that in a slight head wind it will go backwards... The 55hp Bearcat it originally had was great too but lacked the muscle for skiing... The 85 is now 33 years old and running great... Fired up on first turn of the crank this spring...To bad the motor manufacturers as yet don't seem to be able to produce anything close to its equal...

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