I'm pissed about this new engine rule. A friend said its all about getting the public to buy from the commercials. I bet it really hit the guides hard to. Not sure tho.
I've been using a 13.5' Achilles since 1987 with a 18 HP Tohatsu. Always stored inside and that motor has NEVER failed. Always starts up. In PWS, K-Bay, R-Bay, Cook Inlet and the Kenai not to mention rafting trips. Anyways, to use the boat I have to buy a $3k 4-stroke. Jesus Christ who makes these stupid rules.
With that size engine I can launch it from any beach or even down a bank. I was thinking about upgrading to more HP.
My question is:
What weight engine will make it have too little freeboard at the transom? 18HP weighs about 90 lbs, New 20HP 4-stroke will weigh ard 110 lbs or so. The Achilles is rated for 35HP but I'm leary of that much weight.
Anyone have experience in that area?