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Old 04-12-2011, 04:31 PM
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Looking for an outboard and need opinions

I am looking for a 5-8hp outboard (not new) to throw on my old 14' jon boat. I just need an idea of outboards to pass on, and ones to look for. IE whats WORTH paying more for. by jon boat is a 1998 that apparently will only take up to a 15hp, but I am just catfishing, not running races.

Thanks for the info.

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Old 04-12-2011, 06:37 PM
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I have a 50 yr old Evinrude Lightwin 3 hp that I no longer have a boat for. Still......every few years I pull the rope and she fires right up. Wont win any races but pushes small boats through weeds and "gets ya there". Sips gas too

The 3hp is nice and light to carry or take on/off.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:21 PM
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I have an old Evinrude 9.9 hp that I got with my 13 ft boat when I bought it (used) about 12-13 years ago.....it's circa late 70's. Only issue I've had with it (so far) is a cracked gasket.....easy enough to fix if you know what your doing (I don't). I have had some issues with spark plug fouling, but I change them every couple of years, and I have no problem.
I also have a 15 hp outboard for my 16 ft Johnboat.....it's a Sears Gamefisher. Worked fine for the first few years (bought it new in 90), and then I started having issues with it (starter rope wouldn't "catch").....I've taken it to several outboard repair shops, and none of them want to look at it, let alone repair it. I've since replaced the damaged part (they are still available), as well as a cracked primer bulb. I intend to sell it this spring.....I already bought it's replacement (Johnson 15 hp) three years ago.

That's all I know, but I will say this.....I don't know how big of bodies of water you plan on fishing, but having a bigger motor to get you OFF the water when a summer storm suddenly pops up is a nice plus!!!!

Good luck in your quest!
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:00 AM
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Based on my experience you can't go wrong with either a Johnson or Evinrude. I have an old Clinton 5-hp air-cooled from back in the 60's. It still runs (believe it or not) on those rare occasion that I use it any more. Just shoot a little raw gas in the spark plug hole, pull the crank a few times, and she fires right up. Most of the places I fish any more are small farm ponds and my Minkota electric trolling motor works fine for that. It's easier to fool with and lighter weight.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:04 PM
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Either an Ole Eminrude or a Sven Yonson. Moycree and krysler just don't cuyt it ..in my opinion. I have 2 outboards and both are Eminrudes. One is a 70 7 HP and even though it is 40 yrs old it runs great..starts easy and I can get parts. The other is a 95 90 HP on my boat.

Gotta say something too..What Mr 16 said is really true. It ain't getting out there that is the important thing..getting off the water in a hurry can be very important. That is why I have a 90 on the boat. it's rated for it..but a 70 would be easier on gas. I fished the Chesapeake..
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:35 PM
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I won't be taking the jon boat on anything but the river. If I hit standing water then its the trihull which has a 1970s 85 horse johnson. Since the trihull still needs alot of work, its just the river for me soon as I can get a outboard.

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:29 AM
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I run a 1991 model year 9.9 merc on my 14' jonboat. It pushes it pretty good and also trolls down very well.
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