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40 horse for 1700 Angler

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I was hoping a few of you could help me out with a question. Do you think a 40 horse 4-stroke would be a big enough motor for a 1700 Lund angler? I have talked to a few people about it and most believe it would be a big enough motor for most situations. It would also troll down very nice. What do you guys think?

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It all depends on your usage, but if i was you I would go much more than 40hp on a 17ft boat.
If you mainly use boat in smaller lakes trolling around it could be ok, but if you start loading people, gear, etc. and travel some distance, I think you will "squeeze" that 40hp a little too much. Also consider gas mileage, a 40 full throttle will use much more gas than a 70at hald throttle.
I had a 14' aluminum with a 30hp and when was loaded with people (3) and gear it was perfect with hp, handling, and speed. I now have a 18.5ft with a 115hp, and I can get to speed quickly, travel at good sped without open wide and eventually pull any of my kids that want to tube behind during hot days.

I would get about 70hp to 115hp.

That's my 2 cents.


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I forgot to mention that it is a tiller. The boat is rated for a max of 70 horse.

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I have a 50 horse Evenrude 4st. on my 16 and a half foot Rebel. SO I would go with at lease that if not more. IN fact, might want to go with the max. 50 is the max recommended for my boat and is perfect.

Jim W

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I have a 16 1/2 foot Rebel with a 40 horsepower. It does just fine with 2 guys and gear. If you put 3 people in there, then it's a different story. I would definately go bigger if I could (my Rebel is an older model and is only rated for a 40). You'll never be sorry for going bigger. I'll bet that if you put the 40 on, you'll be back at the dealer trading up after you've used it for one year!

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I had a 40hp Johnson on an 16' Lund Stinger (tiller). 2 guys and gear it struggled to get on plane. It went 28 mph GPS loaded. Max hp for this boat was a 50hp. That boat was mighty underpowered.

You are talking a larger boat, get a larger motor!

Think resale too....tough to sell a boat that size with a small motor.

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I have a 50 horse on my 16.5 ft fisher rated for a 90 I kick my self every time I think about that salesman saying "that will be big enough for the boat" . Best thing you can do is max out the horsepoower. you will not be disapointed. sure beats taking a licking when you need to upgrade your 1 year old motor.

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If you can afford it,max it out!was under powered and i had to live with it for 6 years!Dont make my mistake.You will have less wear and tear on a motor thats not always struggling to get your boat on plane.That means more MPG.,and in big waves you wont take on water while getting on plane. just my 2 cents. p.s. i think the angler is the best bang for your buck,good choice!Ihave a skeeter tiller and after looking at the boat show I might go back to a tin boat next time.

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NO! 40 HP is definately not enough power for the 1700 Angler. We had a 1675 Explorer w a 40 HP Merc 4 STroke for a demo last year and it was not nearly enough. For the 1700 Angler would go with nothing less than a 60 HP. Not only will you like it better, if you ever sell it you will have alot better resale.
Brian

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I own a 2002 1700 Angler. If you are looking at new ones, I believe that you have the HP rating wrong because they are rated for 80 tiller/140 console. I have a 75 merc 2 stroke tiller, and am VERY glad I didn't go any smaller. I get about 36-37 MPH with me and a full tank of gas. It is a great boat, but I think that you would be disapointed with the 40 horse, especially the 4 stroke. If you look hard enough, you can probably get the 75 2 stroke for the same price as the 40 4 stroke. I would not even consider a motor under 60 hp. You gotta remember, this is a big boat at 92" wide! If you have any specific questions , I would be more than happy to help you out!

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I run a 1775 pro V with a 75hp 4 stroke merc. Somewhat a comparable boat and here is my 2 cents worth. It does somewhat depend on your needs. If you only go on smaller lakes without a boat load of equip, people, etc. then you may be able to get by with a 40hp. I wouldn't be satisfied with just "getting by" however. With a boat like that I would imagine that eventually you would be getting out on some larger water if your not already. So my advice would be to get as large of a motor that the pocketbook will allow. You won't regret it and the extra cost spread out over the time one owns the boat isn't all that much. I would have to say that 60 would be a minimum that I would look at. The 4 strokes are sweet machines I would definately look into them but as mentioned above you may be able to up the hp with the same cost by going to a 2 stroke. Good Luck!

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