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I'm not sure of the hp rating for my 12' 1954 Cadillac aluminum boat. Members of this board have suggested that it is 15hp. I have a 1957 18hp Johnson Sea Horse. What do you think of potentially overpowering the boat by 3hp? Thanks!
Personaly, I would not think twice about it, Being a strong believer that saftey rateings are listed somewhat below the actual capacity.
However, when you do overpower a boat, It is up to you to decide if the boat is sitting properly in the water, if it handles ok, and most importantly, If you wish to risk life and limb of yourself and all who ride with you.
I have been looking at allot of mini speed boats lately, ( 8-12 foot ) Most have 20 and 25's, some even larger, and they look way overpowered ( if you ask the coast guard ) But to me,, It all falls back to the driver to handle his/her boat in a safe manor, Just becuse the motor has more power then is concidered safe dosent mean you have to twist up the throttle and use it. I will decide what is safe for me and my boat. SO in your case,, Its Up to you to decide saftey vers what you can afford or currently have for a motor and boat.
Our family had a small homemade boat. The only motor we had was a joknson 25. As long as we loaded it heavy towards the bow we had many great outings on sheltered water.
The look on my fathers face was priceless when he set out empty, gunned it and made a hard turn. He made a "hole" in the water and sank, transom first, 50' from the dock!! We continued to enjoy that boat for years AND we finally knew it's limitations. If you can do it in a safe manner, find shallow water and test it's limitations. 3 hp. over is probably well within a safe range.
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