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Old 04 March 2014, 16:13   #1
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Outboard size reccomendation for small speed boat?

Hi everybody,
New here and looking for some advice in regards to a small speedboat i will picking up in a few days.

Basically, it isnt rib, which is why i posted it in here, but instead a pretty small fibreglass speed-boat. It needs a good bit of work done to it ie. paint, morse+steering controls and seats all need to be added to it.

Its pretty small so i dont want an outboard that is too heavy. I thought a nice 20hp would be nice but my freind is telling me something along the lines of a shortshaft 8hp would be more than enough to get it on the plain! Does this sound reasonable? also what outboard would you reccomend? ( hp wise and shaft length ie. short or long )

I am on a low budget so i will be buying second hand and ill probabaly be buying a two stroke.

Ill attatch a picture below.

Thanks!

*edit* I picked it up for 40. Does this sound OK? The guy was just going to keep it if i went lower, and i live in a rural area so the opertunity to buy a project like this for under 100 is pretty rare.

Thanks again!

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Old 04 March 2014, 16:23   #2
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Does it still have the CE plate attached which states the max HP it's rated for ?
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Old 04 March 2014, 16:28   #3
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That's too old for a CE plate.

How long is it? It's impossible to tell what it needs from the pic as there's nothing to scale it against.
However, it looks like scrap to me. It'll cost 3 times more to sort out than it will to travel and buy one that works. Wait 'til you see the price of a running outboard, steering gear and fuel tanks.
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Old 04 March 2014, 16:33   #4
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That's too old for a CE plate.

How long is it? It's impossible to tell what it needs from the pic as there's nothing to scale it against.
However, it looks like scrap to me. It'll cost 3 times more to sort out than it will to travel and buy one that works. Wait 'til you see the price of a running outboard, steering gear and fuel tanks.
Are you sure its scrap mate?
surely 50 for some paint, another 80 for some seats and ill have a decent-ish wee boat for 170, no?

Fair enough it will probabaly sit in a field untill i have a spare 130, but still...
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Errr....No.

I'd put money on every bit of wood in the boat being rotten.

Factor in completely disassembling it, removing the top half of the moulding, renewing the transom and all the other wood, plus shedloads of chopped strand mat,resin, sikaflex 291 (at 10 a tube), a trailer, THEN add 500 for an outboard and fuel tank and another 100 for a steering setup. Then check out the price of rubbing strake.

Then double it, because you'll very quickly find that the little parts you have to buy new will come to nearly as much as the boat is worth. Been there, done that.

Get on Ebay and work it out before you do anything to it at all.
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Old 04 March 2014, 17:05   #6
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I would go with the 20hp, then you can keep the engine and it will be useful for another boat if you decide to upgrade.
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I would go with the 20hp, then you can keep the engine and it will be useful for another boat if you decide to upgrade.
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I don't like to discourage people coming into boating but Nos raises very valid points. You won't get that on the water for much change out of 1000 if you're lucky! Come into this with your eyes wide open. Plenty of knowledge and people on here to help you out.
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I don't like to discourage people coming into boating but Nos raises very valid points. You won't get that on the water for much change out of 1000 if you're lucky! Come into this with your eyes wide open. Plenty of knowledge and people on here to help you out.
I understand mate, thanks.
Ive not actually paid or gone to pick it up yet, so if the transform or anything is beyond usable then ill just give it a miss.

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Looks like a Mustang 14. I doubt 20hp will even get it on the plane, need around a 50 to make it interesting and 70-80 for watersports.

But it really is scrap, I wouldnt trust the transom till it was rebuilt as mentioned above you are looking at 1k ex engine.
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