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Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

I have a 10' Jon boat I use in the local lakes for fishing. It's really light (maybe all of 70lbs) Aluminum and really is big enough for just me.

It's rated for 5hp. I'd like to take it on the river to do some fishing. I was looking for a 5hp outboard but I was given a 1.5HP outboard in the meantime. It runs fantastic but I haven't tried it yet on the boat. My question is, will this be enough to push my little boat? I weigh 200 lbs. I don't bring much gear with me, only what I need. The boat is rated for 385Lbs of People and Gear.


If I have time I might try to get to a lake that allows gas this weekend to try it but the closest one is about an hour away from me.
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Re: Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

will all depend on the river level and strength of current.

If you decide to go, be sure to take oars, a heavy anchor AND head up stream.

If that motor won't puch you upstream after launching, toss out the anchor so you have time to get to the oars......
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Re: Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

Thanks, that was the fall back plan.... just trying to feel a little more confident in the process lol
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Re: Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

soup, i have a 3.3 hp you can use.give me a call and bring wally around for some social time with the dogs.
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Re: Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

Be careful in that boat, those 10 footers do not have much freeboard and you can get in trouble with water comming over the side very fast. Personally, I would never use one in an area used by other power boats because it is too easy for a wake to swamp them.



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Re: Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

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Be careful in that boat, those 10 footers do not have much freeboard and you can get in trouble with water comming over the side very fast. Personally, I would never use one in an area used by other power boats because it is too easy for a wake to swamp them.
Thanks, I've thought about this as well. The lakes I use it on are Electric only and the river doesn't get much boat action up this way. I am looking for a larger boat but in the meantime I have to do the best I have with what I got.

I did find out that the little motor isn't enough to push against the high water and fast flow. In a lake or even when the river is at regular flow it would be ok but right now it's too much.
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Re: Question about an outboard? ie: will this work....

generally 1hp = 17lbs. of thrust...so a 55lb. thrust = 3.23hp.
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