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thinking of getting a gas motor

hey guys
am thinking of and want to get a gas motor, my boat is 14ft long 42inches wide, a jon boat,and it doesnt sink much to the waterline with gear and 2 people in it. what is the lightes horsepower i could go with? am not looking to make long runs up river, just something to get me around instead of an electric motor. any info will be greatly helpful.
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check the capacity plate on the boat and whatever you decide, do NOT exceed the MFG rating. I would guess your rating max is around 6 to 10 hp. I'd stay just a bit under

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I had a boat just like that and it was rated up to 20.. I wasn't really happy until I max'd out the hp. Boats that narrow don't get a ton of lift and tend to plow through the water. Just because you have 20hp doesnt' mean you have to run it wide open, but there are times that you will be glad you have it
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Re: thinking of getting a gas motor

My 1442 is rated for a 25.

I run a 12 hp surface drive and get 22-23 mph with just me in it.

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Re: thinking of getting a gas motor

my 14 ft double wide is rated for a 25 max and i need everybit of it when i got all the gear and my buddy in it. just to keep on plane!

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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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hey guys
am thinking of and want to get a gas motor, my boat is 14ft long 42inches wide, a jon boat,and it doesnt sink much to the waterline with gear and 2 people in it. what is the lightes horsepower i could go with? am not looking to make long runs up river, just something to get me around instead of an electric motor. any info will be greatly helpful.
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