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Old 19 April 2014, 12:32   #11
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I'd say 15hp is perfect. I thought The 380 is rated to 25hp max?

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Old 19 April 2014, 13:01   #12
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I've got a 15hp 2 stroke Mercury on mine, 2 up and fishing gear it will do over 20mph. That's fast enough for me.

Yes it is rated to 25hp.

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Old 19 April 2014, 16:02   #13
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Your right 380 is rated for 25hp. Johnson is a 84/85 model that's when they rated them at the crank and not the prop, so you can knock some hp off.
Intend to set the Johnson up with a remote set up, when I can get all the parts and use for longer trips/holidays. Use the Mercury for days out.
Which ever setup I use it all goes in the back of the X-Trail as we tow a caravan.
The two engines both have their good points, Mercury lighter, Johnson faster.
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Old 20 April 2014, 00:11   #14
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A 15 HP would be a poor peformer if boating with max stated passengers transom rated for. If lightly loaded or 3 max passengers should perform well. If wanting to stay low on weight a Tohatsu 18 HP would be ideal. 25 & 30 HP enines are usually same. just detuned versions at least on 2 strokes engines.

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