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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

I know guys put 20 covers on 25 hp motors. will the fish/boat police push the subject or if you dont run wide open they leave you alone ???? I fish the state lakes with a 18ft boat and its needs the biggest motor i can get ,
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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

the serial number on the motor indicates what HP it is. If they stop you and see the number says 25hp and you are on a 20hp lake they'll fine you.

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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

Yes they will push the issue..The law is the law!! A simple boat check on the water is all it'll take.

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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

People have been doing it since HP restrictions were put in place. When lakes were 9.9, guys would put 15 on with 9.9 stickers. No different now, it will never change.
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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

The 9.9 to 15 cheat is an easy one. Involves a carb swap in most cases. The 9.9 serial # remains the same. My guess is that the 20 to 25 swap is no different.

Not condoning either.

That's why, in my mind, speed limits or no-wake limits make WAAAAAY more sense than HP limits. Pretty hard to cheat a radar gun or dispute a wake.

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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

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That's why, in my mind, speed limits or no-wake limits make WAAAAAY more sense than HP limits. Pretty hard to cheat a radar gun or dispute a wake.
I agree 100%

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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

Most boats have no speedometer, so it would be nearly impossible for a boat owner to tell how fast he's going. AND I haven't seen a plethora of places that could calibrate a speed/vs rpm/prop pitch. It is a really good idea on paper but I don't think it could ever fly because of all the uncertanties. Also if it's a motorable lake you surely wouldn't want to have your wake limited on the open water. It would be a logistical nightmare for the PF&BC to go to all the lakes and establish all the no-wake areas,, then incur all the expense of installing the appropriate buoys and maintaining them

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Most boats have no speedometer, so it would be nearly impossible for a boat owner to tell how fast he's going. AND I haven't seen a plethora of places that could calibrate a speed/vs rpm/prop pitch. It is a really good idea on paper but I don't think it could ever fly because of all the uncertanties. Also if it's a motorable lake you surely wouldn't want to have your wake limited on the open water. It would be a logistical nightmare for the PF&BC to go to all the lakes and establish all the no-wake areas,, then incur all the expense of installing the appropriate buoys and maintaining them
Plenty of other states seem to do just fine with regs like these. Typical pa, stuck in the dark ages, just like the blue laws.

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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

Beau coup bucks in boat, motor and fishing gear......... another $99 for an original Garmin eTrex won't kill anyone. Measure your speed to the 1/10th.

As mentioned above.......... other states, including Ohio, have figured it out. Can't see as where we Pennsylvanians can be that much dumber.

IMHO, it would eliminate a WHOLE lot of problems if these limited HP lakes were opened to all HP engines with a no wake rule for boats powered over 10 HP or 20 HP, depending what the current limit is.

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Re: 25 Hp motors on 20 Hp max lakes

Oh......... and it would open up a lot more opportunities for fisherman to get on lakes. Isn't that what it's all about ?? Expanding opportunity to everyone ??

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