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Born2Fish

question about my boat and motor

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This past weekend me and my father were out fishing and a couple rolled up in a pontoon. they had told us they had a boat that looked like the one we were in. they eventually asked if we wanted to come see it. We did. And the guy said he wanted to get rid of it for real cheap(0$). That and he sold us his slightly used roll on trailer for 100$. My question is can you put a Johnson 85hp V4 on this boat. It is an older(i think) rinker bass boat. It has a 1/4 inch aluminum plate for the motor. Now this motor is from like 1975. SO you can imagine its a big one. We needed a tractor to take it off one boat and put it on the other. It seems to sit right on the boat and dosent seem to be to heavy for it either. When we get it out on the water what should we look for to see if the motor is too big for the boat? The boat is 16' long and is all fiberglass. Could we run across any major problems? Any and all help would be great!! Thanks

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It would seem that a 85hp would be o.k. if this is a true 16' bass boat. 1st thing I would check is the capacity plate on the transom of your boat for the engine rating even before you put it in the water.

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make very sure you don't cavatie the motor ( meaning your getting h20 all the time and the top of the prop is always in the water majorly bad things happen if not )and let it rip.

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