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    Hello

    I have a quick question, attached is a pic of my boat, she is a 18 foot Valco. Its a pretty light boat, not much too her, I still need to add a floor but its going to be a simple marine plywood typ floor, most likely even go with 1/2" with a bunch of stud spacers.

    Anyway, I'm in the market/hunt for a used jet motor. My plan is still to go with newer, but not a 2011 or 12. They are out of my price range. Looking at a 4 or 2 stroke depending on what I can find.

    Question is horsepower, tag on transom is 70 hp, for what its worth, so at the pump a 60 or 80 with the 90 or 115. Guy I got the boat from was running a 135 2 stroke johnson.

    So my question is 90 or 115 or ? on the boat? My plans for the boat would be fishing rivers in the valley, and down the road running rivers up north for moose.

    Thoughts? Also, if anyone has a line on a motor or something they would like to sell I'd be interested. There is not a lot out there for sale right now.

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    I know several people who have almost the same boat and the 115 HP Suzuki jet seems to work great. Hope this helps.

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    Suzukis DF140 is actually lighter than their 115, and about the same as Yamahas 115 more power is always better, especially with jet outbaords, I am sure the 140 would be plenty. But if shopping used any of those would do the job. I think you would be disappointed in a 4S 90 horse if you ever loaded it heavy.
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    Thanks for the input, checked out the specs on the suzukis. Nice looking motors. I have been doing a lot of thinking on the 90's. Which is the point of my question. Right now the used 90 four stroke is in the budget but was thinking I might be a bit under powered. I'll keep my eyes out for something in the 115-140. Even a two stroke. All really just spitballing though. No motors out there to buy right now, at least where I'm looking. Anyone have any leads I'd appreciate it

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