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Phooey on horsepower restrictions

What about speed limits instead ??

The 10 HP limits are probably as un-heeded as a 55 mph zone on a PA highway. Everyone is running a 15 HP carb kit on their 9.9 or an 18 or 20 with 9.9 stickers.

I live within 1 minute of a 10 HP limited lake. I could fish it every night after work.........except for my 115 HP outboard. A kicker plate/motor is not an option.

But why not a speed limit ???

Here's my thinking: Any boat with an engine over 10 HP must adhere to a 10mph speed limit AND must be GPS equipped to monitor the speed (boat speedo's generally are useless at low speed). Or just impose a no wake rule for boats over 10 HP.

Every boat has a plainly visible registration # on both sides of the hull. GUARANTEED anyone goofing off at high speeds will be reported to the authorities by a half dozen other fisherman. 10 mph would require a waterways conservation officer to have a radar gun. But there's no hiding a wake. You're either making one or you aren't.

Just would be really nice for a guy to be able to fish some of these lakes with a bigger boat. I have to trailer a minimum of 40 minutes to get on the water.

As an aside.......my dad has a 16.5' Princecraft walleye boat. His primary is a 50 HP E-tec and the kicker is a 9.9 Evinrude. When we fish the home lake in his boat, the 50 is up and the 9.9 is running [censored] to the wall to make 8.5 mph and creates 2 or 3 times the disturbance on the water that the 50 would to go the same speed.

Just my rambling thoughts.

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Re: Phooey on horsepower restrictions

A no wake would be nice and if enforced on all would end the bigger carbs and fake stickers

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Re: Phooey on horsepower restrictions

Since so many cheat with the stickers + carbs how many are going to follow speedlimits ? ... be honest most will push the envolope untill the PFBC boat is spotted.

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Re: Phooey on horsepower restrictions

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Since so many cheat with the stickers + carbs how many are going to follow speedlimits ? ... be honest most will push the envolope untill the PFBC boat is spotted.
I am sure some would. Two things are universal........ gravity and idiots.

Just thinking my theory would open gobs of opportunities for a lot of folks and, at the same time, be actually easier to enforce for the PFBC officers.

Heck.......they wouldn't even have to put a boat on the water to find the violators. A walk to the waterside with a pair of binocs would show them if or who they needed to launch and go after.

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Re: Phooey on horsepower restrictions

Sounds like a good reason to buy a smaller boat for those small lakes.
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Sounds like a good reason to buy a smaller boat for those small lakes.
If disposable income were not an issue, I'd have done it already. I suspect there are others like me who can only afford to have 1 boat parked in their yard.

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Re: Phooey on horsepower restrictions

unnecessary and provocative comments will not be tolerated

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This thread is waste of bandwidth..PA wont change anytime soon.


Sell your big boat for another smaller boat/motor or just sac up and tow it to a bigger lake
I guess that's your opinion and you are entitled to it. Of course we all know what opinions are said to be like and why.

Appreciate your valuable insight.

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Re: Phooey on horsepower restrictions

I totally agree. Other states have speedlimits instead of horsepower restrictions. With radar this would easy to enforce and with the cameras that are everywhere these days, even easier with the big stickers on both sides of the boat.
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