Re: thinking of getting a gas motor
My 1448 mod V jon is rated for a 25 hp max. I have a 25 hp merc on it, and wouldn't want to go with any less. A 15-20 hp motor would get me around, but I just don't want to do it.
The most I run my boat is about 7 miles up river if the river allows it (depth). It takes a little while to get there.
My buddy has a 15 hp merc on his 1648 jon, and it get's you there...Eventually. He had it on a 1436 jon, and it worked great. He upgraded the boat, and it leaves something to be desired.
I need to note that on most normal sized jon length.
I had a 6 hp Johnson on a 1436, and it worked fine. I upgraded my boat only to the 1448, and it would even get on plane.
The biggest thing you want to make sure of is that it will get on plane if nothing else. A 1442 jon will get on plane with a 9.9 hp motor. Won't get very far very fast, but it will get there.
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