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I had a 14' narrow flat bottom aluminum boat with a 9.9 HP Evinrude and it had a top speed of about 14 mph with two people in it. It would plane out if only one person was in it with top speed of about 22 mph (used a GPS to determine speeds). A drunk driver ran into the back of the boat and trailer while it was parked on the side of the road at a friend’s house. The boat was totaled and the motor is in the shop now. My dad bought a 14' Jon Boat, but it doesn’t have a motor. The Jon Boat is about 1.5 times as wide as the old boat and I figure it is about 50% heavier. Do you think the 9.9 HP will be enough for the Jon Boat or should I look for a larger motor? It will be at least another week before we get the motor back and I am anxious to see how it does on the larger boat.
I have a 14 foot 36 inch beam jon boat that weighs about 150 pounds empty. I run it with a 1988 Evinrude 9.9hp motor with good results for river fishing. With myself(200lbs), my wife (150lbs), the motor(80lbs) and the gas tank aboard it will plain out. Subtract my wife from the equation and it is downright scarry to ride in.
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