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2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

I have a chance to pick up a 2hp outboard cheap. My question is will it push a 15ft jon boat with casting decks and all the goodies? I dont want to do mach one across the river, just trying to save my trolling motor and battery.

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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

it would be under powered
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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

It will move it as long as your not looking for any speed.

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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

not looking for much speed, just looking to use it for the summer to get me around in the rivers.

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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

It won't be much better if any than an electric trolling motor. I used to have a 6hp on my 1448 mod V jon, and it would take forever to go anywhere. It's not enough power to get a boat on plane. It may not even have enough power to move your boat upriver if there is any strong current. I used to have a problem getting past the bridge when I used a 6hp as the current was a lot faster between the piers.

Those 2hp motors are really just trolling motors. They work will on conoes as well.

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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

i ran a 4 horse merc on a 14 ft john for years till it died on me had a prop guard still went through 2 props, front deck was closed in for storage(was full) im 300+ lbs. didnt go fast but went where i wanted to!!!
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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

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Not good in any river current. Get a 10 hp minimum.

I run a 5 hp on my 12-48 jon boat. With just me and my fishing gear, it does 22 mph on plane, and it get unbelievable fuel economy (10 miles per gallon, on plane).

Sounds like you have a heavy 14 footer, might want a 10 or more if the boat is rated for it.

Be careful with jon boats and tiller steer outboards with some horsepower. Since the jon boat doesn't have a keel, they can be dangerous steering under speed.

Also might want to check you weight, if you added decking, you might be getting close to max weight on you boat. On small boats that rated capacit weight number is god. believe it.
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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

i run a 25 in high water when i feel like lugging it over the bank! iv been on the river with my 4 horse from less than 2ft of water to better than 25 ft of water! like i said i dont go fast but i go!!!
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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

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i run a 25 in high water when i feel like lugging it over the bank! iv been on the river with my 4 horse from less than 2ft of water to better than 25 ft of water! like i said i dont go fast but i go!!!
I can confirm this. I been in the boat at the same time and between the two of us, we're over 600 lbs.

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Re: 2hp on a 15ft jon boat?

I would always recommend going with the max rated hp of any aluminum fishing boat. I have a 25hp on mine now, and it works great. Friend of mine has a similar boat with a 15hp on his, and it goes. Slow but it goes. It's almost painfull wasting an hour running a few miles up river. I can get there in half the time.

I remember when I put that 6hp on my boat. My thought was the same as the OP. I just wanted to get on the water. It worked for the year I used it. Going 2 mph up river was just too much to bear.

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