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Bluebill posted 08-10-2002 11:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bluebill   Send Email to Bluebill  
Am considering purchasing one of two used a 1985 with a 1985 115 Merc (6 cyl?) and another 1980 boat with a 1990 120 hp Johnson...I plan on doing some fishing and towing kids around the the extra weight from these motors compared to a 70 or 90 a problem?
Tom W Clark posted 08-11-2002 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
No problem at all. Both motors are well within the recommended transom weight range of a Montauk.
mustang7nh posted 08-14-2002 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
Do you have a problem insurance wise or with getting a dealer to install an engine over the max rating?
lhg posted 08-15-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
As mentioned, be sure your insurance agent can get you coverage considering the HP.

I have twin 1985 Merc 115's on my boat, and they are great engines, at 305 lbs each. Even though the Johnson 120 is newer, it is quite a bit heavier, and definitely no stronger or faster. It was not one of OMC's better engines, being 1/2 of their flopped V-8.

Take the newer boat with the older engine. The 1985 Montauk has a nicer console design.

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