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    Default What boat for a 6 hp?

    My saltwater boat was stolen last year while I was deployed. The only thing recovered was my 6hp kicker from a local pawn shop (unfortunately no fuel tank or hose... Gotta rebuy those). It's a standard 20" shaft, standard prop, and has about an hour on it. I cannot sell it for its value since its all scratched up, and it's virtually new, but a few years old.

    I've decided not to sell it, but use it as a primary power source for another boat. I'm an avid hunter, so I'm thinking a freighter type canoe. Looking at the big ones you folks talk about, I don't think 6 hp is going to do it. However, if there are smaller useful boats out there, I'm all ears.

    Are there any mods to the engine I should do for shallow water work?

    Thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akheloce View Post
    My saltwater boat was stolen last year while I was deployed. The only thing recovered was my 6hp kicker from a local pawn shop (unfortunately no fuel tank or hose... Gotta rebuy those). It's a standard 20" shaft, standard prop, and has about an hour on it. I cannot sell it for its value since its all scratched up, and it's virtually new, but a few years old.

    I've decided not to sell it, but use it as a primary power source for another boat. I'm an avid hunter, so I'm thinking a freighter type canoe. Looking at the big ones you folks talk about, I don't think 6 hp is going to do it. However, if there are smaller useful boats out there, I'm all ears.

    Are there any mods to the engine I should do for shallow water work?

    Thanks for your help.
    Mainer (in AK) had or still has a canoe on here that might be a perfect match for that motor. Not sure but I think he was only asking like 12 hundred. An Esquif cargo I believe. He posted pictures on this site of him and his boy getting both a caribou and a 50-some inch moose this past fall, using only that canoe for transportation.

    This is the canoe:
    http://www.esquif.com/2008/canot_en.php?id=22

    Let me know if you can't find mainer or his canoe and I'll send a direct link.

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    You would want to order the full transom version (like mine) no cutout.... 6hp would be perfect on the E-cargo. I'm running an 8hp and I added thwarts and stiffened the floor....love the hull on that boat, very slippery and paddles well....pm me an email address and I'll send you pictures. Another good boat for a six horse would be a Grumman Sport Boat....

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    need to do something to shortin the shaft for most canoes 20 is a little long for the grumman sport boat not sure about the other one

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    try to find one of those motor lifts...someone on here makes em. would work if transem is to shallow.
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    the lifts are no longer made unless you find a used one or friend makes one for you , the way you could fix it would to build up the transom about 6 on 7 inchs then a sport boat or some canoes will work, I have a 15 shaft on my eng. an razed the transom up about 8 inches so I could run the rivers ,
    all I did was bolt a strong pice of wood [ maple ] an bring it up about 6 inches it worked for a lot of years till I up graded to the better system ,
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    Just saw an wenonah Backwater at our local sport shop, it was 15' long and 41" at its widest. Also saw in catalog oldtown discovery sport that was 16'9".

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    Default What boat for a 6 hp?

    Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm a bit jaded at the esquif based on Mainer's critique of the hull material, but it's not ruled out. Right now, I'm taking a break from working, so I won't be buying till summerish.

    Next question, and I searched but could find my answer... If you were to want to take the non-experienced girlfriend and her floor mop dog on a gentle 2-3 day motor-canoe trip... Just camping, not hunting, where would you go? With the research I'm doing, I'm re-evaluating my choice to begin with. I'm inexperienced in running rivers with a motor in AK. My canoeing experience up here is paddling lakes, and in the lower 48, a few 50 milers on the gentle Suwanee River.

    I've been a passenger several times on the little su, and once on the Talkeetna. My first time operating on a river was several years ago on the Talkeetna. We ran a 21' boat with an either 115, or 135 Honda Jet up to Clear Creek. The guy with experience caught a treble hook in his eye, and I had to run the boat downstream to the ramp. It was one of the more memorable and less favorable memories I have. (not a fan of Mahay's BTW).
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