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#12149358 - 03/20/17 12:38 PM Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please
Le Royal Catfish Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/27/16
Posts: 9
I've got a 12ft v-hull aluminum boat that I like to go fishing in. The only motor I've got right now is a Minn Kota 55lb thrust trolling motor. It gets the job done for now. I typically have to drive to the general location I want to fish and then set her in. I want to get an outboard motor, obviously so I can move to further spots on the lake, etc. (I also like to take my daughters out on the boat from time to time, and putzing around with a trolling motor is only so fun after a little bit.) I want to be able to get on plane with the boat... Am I right in thinking a 9.9hp outboard is the way to go with my boat? How should I determine whether I need a 15" vs a 20" shaft length?

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#12149450 - 03/20/17 01:34 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3417
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
I took a trip to Canada last summer and the boats there all had 20-25 hp 15" motors. They were about the same size as yours....Lund was the brand.

We got around pretty good.
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#12149619 - 03/20/17 03:19 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
cabsav Offline
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Registered: 03/14/04
Posts: 335
Loc: texoma
measure your transom height, it should be 15" for your boat size...
don't buy a motor unless you can get it repaired close by, I prefer evinrude/Johnson/Yamaha, but that is just me. i lost my mechanic last year, and I have to drive 40 miles for work on my motor.
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#12149722 - 03/20/17 04:41 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
IslandJim Offline
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Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 198
Loc: Rockport, TX
A lot of the small outboards are single cylinder. I don't like single cylinder outboards(or any other motors). Try to get a twin, and you will enjoy it more. Mine is a 56 year-old Johnson 5.5 Twin and it runs smooth, like top.

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#12150106 - 03/20/17 08:24 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
T-racer Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/24/16
Posts: 221
Loc: Melissa, Tx
15 inch shaft should be right for that boat. 9.9 horse will move you just fine. A 20 would flat scoot on a 12 footer with just you in the boat. If you have 3 people in the boat though you might enjoy the extra power. Up to you. Anything will go faster than what you're doing right now though!
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#12152268 - Yesterday at 10:33 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
riverrat88 Online   content
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Registered: 10/30/06
Posts: 69
Loc: Bryan
I would said first thing is to see what the boat is rated for. There should be a plate somewhere on the boat that will state what the load limit is as well as what the maximum horsepower is. On a 12 footer v-hull I would said 10 or 15 would probably be the max. But depend on the width and gauge of the hull it could be 20-25.

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#12153064 - Today at 12:37 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
Le Royal Catfish Offline
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Registered: 05/27/16
Posts: 9
The plate on the inside of the transom says maximum horsepower is 16 HP and the maximum weight of 684lbs. So I guess that means I know my high end when it comes to horsepower. I guess I'm mainly interested in getting opinions from experienced boaters on whether I need all 15 HP or if 9.9 HP will be plenty. I suppose it would be better to err on the side of more HP so that I know I've got the most power that the boat can handle available for when we have a heavier load in the boat (two adults, etc). Yes?

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#12153966 - Today at 10:10 PM Re: Help Me Select an Outboard Motor Please [Re: Le Royal Catfish]
riverrat88 Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/30/06
Posts: 69
Loc: Bryan
I think you answer your own question. I use to have a Monark 1436 it were rated for 20hp and I put a 15hp. It were great. But there were time when I wish I had a little more power. So I would said better to have the power and don't needed it than to not have it and need it.

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