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TrackerDave posted 05-27-2004 10:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for TrackerDave   Send Email to TrackerDave  
After years of procrastinating, a Whaler finally fell into my lap for free. It is a 1972, but the hull is in great shape. I have been on the lookout for a 70 plus outboard
for several months, but I just found a very clean 1998
50 hp. Mercury ELTTO for $1,600. My question is, what kind
of performance can I expect from this motor? It has electric
tilt trim and is a long shaft. Thanks in advance for any
brisboats posted 05-27-2004 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
I think you could expect top speed performance around 30mph maybe a little more with a light load.


Joe Kriz posted 05-27-2004 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

If it is a 1972 then it is not a Montauk. It is something else.
It depends upon what you are going to use this 17 footer for. Water skiing, fishing, cuising, etc.

Most people prefer a minimum of 70HP for a 17 footer for all around use. Water skiers and speeders prefer the 90HP. Anything less is a good cruising or fishing machine in the right waters.

Clark Roberts posted 05-28-2004 06:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Tracker, you should get close to 35mph top speed (light load/trimmed out)if you mount motor so that anti-cav plate is approx 1 1/2 above keel and use a Quicksilver 12 or 13" pitch stainless prop. I have had several 17's with 50 hp and all performed great for all around activities sans towing skis...etc... The advantages of a 50/60hp combo are shallower draft, better handling, better fuel mileage... etc than a 90/100hp combo.
elaelap posted 05-28-2004 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

I was very pleased with a 50 hp High Thrust four stroke Yamaha on my smirkless '71 Katama. Great fuel economy, quick onto plane, enough power for my needs (but I didn't ski or wakeboard), light weight, 30.5 mph top speed which I almost never used, and lower initial cost (I actually traded work for the motor). If the motor you're looking at is in good shape you can't go far wrong for that price.


Salmon Tub posted 05-28-2004 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Most likely you have a smirkless hull. As I recall, they are a bit lighter than the smirked 17's. For fishing you should be fine, even towing a tube would be fine. I used to have a 40hp on my '00 17' Montauk and did fine in the bay and out the gate, out of Half Moon Bay and Bodega. Was a little annoying in following seas as you could never stay ahead of the swell. I had no problem with the smaller engine, but I must admit though, I eventually was hit with the desire to have a little more power, just to see what the boat could do. In hindsight, well, either set-up was fine, but, that what if feeling is no longer there.

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