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    I saw all the info on the freighters here and I guess a sport boat would be in the canoe class

    A freind of mine has a 1974 model in decent shape, a few modest dents in the bottom but nothing big or creased

    He has a lift on it but he wants to keep his 15 HP motor

    I'm looking at it strictly for lake use, would one of the 2.5 hp 4-strokes push it along if speed were not an issue or would it totally slog along?

    This boat is probably more than what I need but I think the price is right at $600 and I like the canoe like platform but it's rowable

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    If you decide not to buy it, I would be interested as I have been looking for one lately...I have a 16.5 foot square back canoe you can by from me;-)

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    I use a 2.5hp to cross lakes with 3 rafts strung together on a line. I only get about 3.5 mph this way, but it's a better speed than rowing. The sport boat would be much faster of course, and as long as speed is not your primary concern it would do the job.

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    If it's in good shape, doesn't leak, doesn't have major gouges on the bottom, etc., then $600.00 is a steal of a price.

    I'd think that a 4hp or 6hp is what you'd want at a minimum to get around in it.

    I know that the 4-strokes are more environmentally responsible, and likely heavier, but there's also quite a number of decent 2-strokes on the 'used' market.

    Of course, more places are slowly moving toward banning or phasing out 2-stroke equipment, too.

    I have a 1974 9.9hp 2-stroke Evinrude with hydro-fins on an older Beaver Sports/J. Klingel lift, on the back of a 1974 Grumman 19' square stern, and it gets up and goes quite nicely on the lakes, though I need to do something to keep the lift down a bit when the boat gets up on step.

    And I may need another child to place in the bow to compensate for stern drag and balance... ;^>)

    I'll be posting a new thread in a moment re. rivet/sealing issues with that particular boat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKCheese View Post
    I saw all the info on the freighters here and I guess a sport boat would be in the canoe class

    A freind of mine has a 1974 model in decent shape, a few modest dents in the bottom but nothing big or creased

    He has a lift on it but he wants to keep his 15 HP motor

    I'm looking at it strictly for lake use, would one of the 2.5 hp 4-strokes push it along if speed were not an issue or would it totally slog along?

    This boat is probably more than what I need but I think the price is right at $600 and I like the canoe like platform but it's rowable

    The Grumman Sport canoe is 12'6" and had the highest weight capacity more than the 19' freighter. This boat was rated as a row boat, by the coast guard. It was a square stern and was rated for a max hp of 5 horse by the coast guard. Most folks that used the boat ran 15 hp on the rivers.

    In my opinion, one of the best boats ever put on a river here in Alaska. This particular boat would get a pair of hunters into areas big boats would never see. I have regretted every since, the day I moved up in size to the bigger boats. Each trip I've made to hunt has reminded me of how sweet a rig the 12'6" was.
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    Cheese,

    You mention the canoe characteristics of the Grumman Sport Boat.....IIRC, the 15' Sport Boat is exactly the same as the 19' Square Stern Canoe minus the back 4 feet.

    Vern

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