Originally Posted by Aaron
I keep my boat at Jackson Lake Colorado.
It needs more power to pull water skiers.
I purchased the boat used. I has a Brigg and Stratton motor.
Local boaters said I can get more horsepower by changing the carburetor but they want a lot of dollars.
One neighbor boater said I should buy his Tohatsu 4 hp. Another friend said 4hp is to little but, he could hop it up in horsepower with a kit.
Is it safe to buy the motor and have him work on it.
Pulling Skier with a B&S, or a 4HP motor, is kinda like wishing you could pull a loaded semi trailer with a old VW Beetle.
You have your boat listed as a 7meter, that is close to 23feet. The Brigg & Stratton motor is a cheap trolling motor at best, it will never be anything but that. The Tohatsu is a nice little motor but on a 23foot boat it is not much more than a lazy cruiser for calm water.
I have a 6hp on my 12foot SIB, which I would guess weighs but a fraction of your boat, and use it on a River. Upstream it gets the job done, but will never plane out even with nothing on board, much less pull a skier, unless you were thinking about something like this (see below).
Downstream it is faster, but I still think it is a dog.
Are you sure you meant what you wrote. If you are, I think you need some new boating friends to ask for advice.
If this is the case and you are serious, you came to the right place.
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