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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default 14' Alum V bottom, Most power?

What do you guys think the outboard power limit is of a 14 ft aluminum V bottom? It has a brace from the bottom to the transom in the center and is also braced at the top corners.

I was only planning on maybe a 20-25 horse, but if I can get away with something like 50, I wouldnt mind that either. Doubtful I can even find a short shaft 50, but I'm looking.

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Old February 13th, 2010, 12:54 AM   #2
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I had a 14' v bottom alumacraft with a 20 hp johnson. That thing hauled ass. i think a 50would be way to much
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Old February 13th, 2010, 01:09 AM   #3
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I had a 14' v bottom alumacraft with a 20 hp johnson. That thing hauled ass. i think a 50would be way to much
Probably. I'm mostly just curious. I didnt even think to look for the "vin" plate or whatever they call them on boats. I'll check for that tomorrow and see if it says anything.

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Old February 13th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #4
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there should be a tag riveted on it somewhere that tells the horsepower rating. I would be careful about going over, shariff, and DNR like to get you for that one. (especially on lake michigan, and rivers near)

I used to have customers buy boats rated for a 15-20hp motor and run 25's.. but I would always tell them to go to the vinyl shop next door, and have them print up a "20 hp" sticker in the same font.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 01:18 AM   #5
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and if you feel you need faster acceleration, or better top speed, you can always buy a different pitched prop.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #6
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I'll gaurantee a 50hp outboard would damn near sink that thing. That boat is probobly rated for a 15-20hp outboard.

I once tried take out a 12' flat bottom aluminum shallow wall boat with a 15hp....the rear end sat so deep in the water it was almost submerged...but we took it out anyway...fast as hell but the nose was so high you couldnt turn it LOL
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My dad has a 14' Starcraft that is about 45 years old. It's rated for a 40hp. He built a simple dash (don't know the proper boating jargon) and set up a steering wheel with a 35hp. I grew up skiing behind that boat. It topped out about 30.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 08:04 PM   #8
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My father in law's sounds similar to whiterhino's dad's. His is a 14' deep V mirro craft alum with a 35 Merc on it set to steer with a steering wheel on a simple "console" riveted to the right side. It's fast and holds the motor well. You can pull a tube behind it. I'd say it tops out around 30 as well.
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As much as I'd like to have a console, I think it might be a bit too small for that. Well, I'm too big for a side console, I'd probably sink it sitting to one side, and a center console in in a 55" wide boat might make it a little hard to get from front to back.

I'm not sure what I want to do anymore though. I really hate being below the water line when I'm fishing, cause it makes it hard to work some baits correctly. So I was thinking of just laying a sheet of wood over the front two benches so I have a deck to stand on. But I think doing that would make it a bit less stable.
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As much as I'd like to have a console, I think it might be a bit too small for that. Well, I'm too big for a side console, I'd probably sink it sitting to one side, and a center console in in a 55" wide boat might make it a little hard to get from front to back.

I'm not sure what I want to do anymore though. I really hate being below the water line when I'm fishing, cause it makes it hard to work some baits correctly. So I was thinking of just laying a sheet of wood over the front two benches so I have a deck to stand on. But I think doing that would make it a bit less stable.
I think it'd be fine even if you still ran it with a tiller, my bro in law has a 14' shallow mirrow craft and he has a johnson 20 or 25 on it. Can't remember now. He runs his will a tiller and he's also a big guy.

I agree about the plywood on the seats making it unstable. I think for 1 person, you could do it but ad someone else in there and it might be tipped when you least expect it.
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The HP ratings on boats are just suggestions by the manufacture, it is not illegal if you are over the rate HP on your boat. Please read laws stated by coast gaurds on link below.


Is powering above the rated maximum legal?
The United States Coast Guard has an opinion on this frequently asked question, and their answer from their website is reproduced below:

Can I use a bigger motor on my boat than what it's rated for?

It is not a violation of Coast Guard regulations to install or use an engine larger than specified on the capacity label, but there may be state regulations prohibiting it, and restrictions from your own insurance company regarding this.

There are no Coast Guard regulations against exceeding the safe loading capacity, however, there may be State regulations or restrictions from your insurance company which prohibit this. There is a Coast Guard regulation that gives Coast Guard Boarding Officers the power to terminate the use of a boat (send it back to shore) if, in the judgment of the Boarding Officer, the boat is overloaded. There is no fine for this, unless the operator refuses the Boarding Officer's order. We certainly hope that you will abide by the rating, as overloading may lead to capsizing or swamping of the boat.

NOTE: The Coast Guard Capacity Information label is required only on monohull boats less than 20' in length. The label is not required on multi-hull boats, pontoon boats (catamarans), or on any sailboats, canoes, kayaks, or inflatable boats, regardless of length.

As the Coast Guard mentions, local regulations may apply. For example, in the state of Ohio one should be guided by this regulation:

Capacity Plates
(ORC 1547.39 & ORC 1547-40)



http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/ratedHP.html

So there for anyone who has received a ticket for oversized motor possibly got hosed!!

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I've had a 50hp strapped to a flat bottom of this size before. I would not recommend it. That boat would flat out fly when you could keep the prop in the water.
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Here is the michigan Waterway Laws for those who still dont believe me.

http://www.boater101.com/Course/docu...Istatelaws.pdf
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I've had a 50hp strapped to a flat bottom of this size before. I would not recommend it. That boat would flat out fly when you could keep the prop in the water.


Sounds fun. I'll definitely be able to run and gun with that then, eh?



I didn't think there was actually laws about too big of motors. I mean, I've seen some very small fiberglass boats with very large big block V8 inboards just out speeding around with MC numbers and all that.

But since its no where near time for fishing, I'm keeping a look out for something longer and wider than what I have, and stick a 20 horse, MAYBE 30 horse on it. I don't really need to go that fast.

I've been seeing a bunch of different Tri-hull boats for sale with 50 horse motors and what not for cheap, most all needing work done to them. But I think I'd rather have the smaller v bottoms or flat bottoms so I can still get into some of the shallow attributes coming off of some of the lakes I fish.
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