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1436 John boat #14251550 11/03/19
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Thinking about putting an 8 hp (probably) a Honda 4 stroke on a 1436 John boat. Motor will be about 84 pounds then the gas can. Is this too heavy. Anyone out there using a similar set up? All the 4 strokes I have looked at less then 8 hp are single cyl. have a nasty vibration and are noisy. Whats your opinion?

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Re: 1436 John boat [Re: BlueDuck] #14251598 11/03/19
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You will be fine with an 8 HP, 4 stroke.
Just plan on balancing it with some weight up front, like a passenger, ice chest or battery.


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Re: 1436 John boat [Re: BlueDuck] #14254033 11/04/19
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You're set up will be fine weight wise.


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Re: 1436 John boat [Re: BlueDuck] #14259743 11/06/19
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The BIA plate on your jon boat should tell you, but you sure will not be over the rated hp for a 14 footer. Your motor, if it is a short shaft, will be 92# with the tank. I have run my 9.8 Merc at 64# on my 10' jon boat and it went real good. Not to say that my 2.3 Honda might have been a better, safer choice, but that 9.8 didn't sink it.


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Re: 1436 John boat [Re: BlueDuck] #14260755 11/06/19
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Re: 1436 John boat [Re: BlueDuck] #14297097 Yesterday at 05:06 PM
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I have seen MANY 14ft 36in wide Duracraft boats with 20 HP motors on them. Boats were completely safe. I had a Honda 3 cyl. 30 hp on a 16 ft 42 in for several years, fantastic fishing rig. I am almost 74 YO and some of you may have never seen are heard of a Duracraft Fisherman or it's carbon copy the War Eagle.

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Re: 1436 John boat [Re: BlueDuck] #14298535 5 hours ago
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My old Alumacraft (1976) has a 20hp rating tag on it and I've been running a 15hp Evinrude since the mid 80's

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