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    Default Engine Mount for wooden drift boat

    I have a 14ft wood drift boat. I am looking for some ideas on re-enforcing the stern so I can mount an engine. People have told me to mount some aluminum to the stern but I would rather keep it wood. Also what do you think about size of engine. I would probably only use the motor on Kenai and Skilak lakes with one other person in the boat.
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    How strong is the transom of the boat, does it noticeably flex or anything?? Aluminum would be the strongest addition but you may be able to use a flat piece of hardwood or something.. For the motor, I would probably say a 6 HP longshaft would do fine.. A marina would let you try a used one out I would think..

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    I guess if you really feel the need to, just fit a piece of 3/4 (screwed, and epoxied) and essentially double up ur transom. My transom is 3/4 ply with 1x pine around the perimeter for support. A 5hp shouldn't put too much strain on it......
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