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Thread: Motor size 16' aluminum

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    Guys,

    I'm in the market for a 16' aluminum for use as a family fishing boat. Many of those I see on Kijiji are equipped with 20 or 25 hp motors. Isn't this a bit light ? We have a 14' with a 25 hp two stroke at my parents lake and I find it adequate but certainly not over-powered.

    I figured a 40 horse would be more fitting for a 16' with two adults and two kids and then would also be powerful enough for pulling a tube around the lake.

    just thought I'd see if others agreed.

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    Check the transom plate for the Max HP rating on whichever boat you look at. A 30HP anything on a 16' tinny should really zip.
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    It all depends on the width of boat and height of sides. My 16' aluminum has a full steering console, front and back casting platforms with a 60 HP. My grown up kids use it for tubing and water skiing.
    Rick in Muskoka

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    I agree with Rick I have a 169 Starcraft with a 65 Merc (650 Thunder bolt ) and even then I think it's still rated for something higher .
    Glen

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    I have a 16 foot Lund fury tiller with a 40 Honda on the back. Max power was what I went with. I can cruise @ 25 26 mph with lots of throttle left. One night come back a bit late ran @ 30 all the way back to camp. You really appreciate the extra power when it's needed.

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    Go with max rated power, or close. Have a 40hp on 15' Legend and would not want any less.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick in Muskoka View Post
    It all depends on the width of boat and height of sides. My 16' aluminum has a full steering console, front and back casting platforms with a 60 HP. My grown up kids use it for tubing and water skiing.
    Depends on the weight of the boat too. Some 16 tinnies are a lot heavier than others, it depends how they're made. Go with max power per the capacity plate, or close to it, for the best performance.

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    Lots of good advice already given.
    16' boats vary so there is no one size fits all answer.
    Your capacity plate will give you your answer. Go with 80% to maximum HP.




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    Totally depends on the boat weight. Are we talking tiller or a full floor/livewell/storage boat? Give me a like on facebook and send me a personal message and I can chat and better help you! "Kyle Legend Boats" and PM me!

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    go max power rating you wont be disappointed like stated above its nice to have when needed and also running bigger motor at half throttle uses less gas then a smaller motor going full out so price difference is negligable when you think about gas savings...unless you dont use the motor much...

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