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Old 24 February 2007, 14:38   #1
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Hi..currently running a 2006 15hp Mariner 2 stroke (weighs 33kg)on my Honwave 3.8.
I have the chance to go to a 20hp Yamaha 2 stroke, 2005 model (weighs 46kg) ...
Am I going to gain anything here? Extra weight against 5 extra hp.
The makers plate on the boat says only rated to 20hp... but the Yam 25hp weighs the same as the 20hp, and I also have th chance of one of those.
Is it dangerous to exceed the makers plate by 5hp?
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Old 24 February 2007, 14:47   #2
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Depends on how you use the boat - if you are lugging it around all the time the weight could be a problem.

I wouldn't bother with the 20 - you aren't really gaining much but the 25 is a different story. If the weight is the same as the 20 I would definitely go for it.

No doubt the doom and gloom merchants will start pointing out you will invalidate your insurance and you must be locked up as being an evil deranged speed freak but what the hell.

There is this amazing control you can use if the power proves to be too much - it's called the throttle - you will use less fuel as well because the engine isn't working so hard!!!

My little Quicksilver 3.1 copes fine with a 4 stroke Suzuki 15hp that weighs 46kgs!!!
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Old 24 February 2007, 15:40   #3
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Depends on how you use the boat - if you are lugging it around all the time the weight could be a problem.
It depends if its trailered too of course. My SIB, a 3.5 Corsair was rated up to a 20hp, I put a 25hp Mariner on it, only thing it did was put a grin on my face. I had no problems at all.
My only worry was the engine bouncing about on the transom whilst it was towed, but a few well placed ropes and a lump of wood soon put my mind at rest.
I'd say go for it, just don't stray too far from the shore when you first gun it, just in case.
You'll soon know
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thanks guys .. the boat is kept on a trailer in my garage (just fits) and the engine on the transom all the time so no lugging it about.

I have insurance (need it for launching) and sods law will say that I will need it some day....so worried about invalidating that.

The Mariner is fine...its only 6 hours old, runs great and starts fine..I just find that I am running around on full throttle all the time. I think the boat could handle more. I dont feel anxious at all when running full chat on the Mariner.
(what fun is that ...hee hee).

The Yam 2 stroke 20 and 25 hp weigh the same as the Honda 4 stroke 20hp recommended by Honda for the boat.
I think the crux of the question is ...does anyone have experience of the Mariner 15 and Yam 20 ? and...further to that... If I stuck with the Mariner, is there anything to be gained by changing the prop ? or some other gag to worm some more speed out of it?

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What speed are you getting now?
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According to the Honda Marine site you're rated to 55kg.
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thats really hard to say..I have no way of measuring as no handheld gps.
the whole rig is under 6 hours old. Some one told me you get 1 knot per 1 hp on this kind of a rig, which would mean around 15 knots.
I took my level 2 cert in a Humber 5 m with a 50 hp and had 27 knots up.
Full chat in the Honwave feels like maybe just over half that speed.
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When I had the 25hp on my SIB I'd get 25mph with 2 up, I tried 4 different props on it and couldnt get it to go any faster, it only made a difference when I over propped it, and then it went slower
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Maybe I ought to get the 25hp Yam and put the hood from the 20hp on top!
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Maybe I ought to get the 25hp Yam and put the hood from the 20hp on top!
Thats the idea, no one will ever know!
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