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JEMdad

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Motor on driftboat
« on: September 18, 2019, 04:52:49 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with a small motor on a drift boat? I have a 15' Stealthcraft skiff I'd like to put a small motor on to be able to motor upstream and avoid some shuttles. What HP will work against about 3500 CFS?  Looking at a 2, 4 or 5 HP. Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, or what? Do you need a 15" or 20" shaft? Where in  middle Tenn area is a good place to consider a purchase?

Appreciate any advice anyone has.

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Re: Motor on driftboat
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2019, 05:05:24 PM »
There was a dude who had one on a drift boat and was ridiculed for disrespecting the sport.  I think it was a 20hp, always go with Yamaha.  On a side note.... I used to fish the reds and that made people mad too. 

Grumpy or thumper or mike will know,
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Re: Motor on driftboat
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2019, 06:24:19 PM »
I have a neighbor who fishes the Elk in a Stealtcraft, uses an 8ph 4 stroke, every one I've seen were long shaft

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Re: Motor on driftboat
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2019, 11:11:52 AM »
FWIW, I have a 6hp Tohatsu (they manufacture small hp, 15 hp and under, for Yamaha, Mercury, Nissan) on my Hyde LowPro! It will get you back upstream at 3500 CFS; as long as you are not in a hurry (with 2 persons and $h!t loads of gear)! An 8hp should be ideal. Onlineoutboards.com is in Dickson, TN, and has reasonable prices. YMMV

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Re: Motor on driftboat
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2019, 11:18:45 AM »
I forgot to add: call Steathcraft (Mike Batke (owner) is super knowledgeable)! He will make you the best recommendation for your needs. Also, he is a genuinely good guy.

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Re: Motor on driftboat
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2019, 03:16:16 PM »
Thanks to all for your comments. I think I will contact Mike at Stealthcraft for his input. I had been afraid the 5 or 6 HP might be too heavy, but apparently not.

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Re: Motor on driftboat
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2019, 06:08:26 PM »
Curious what Stealthcraft said.... they were very helpful when I was restoring my discountinued 12 ft drifter.

A lot depends on your hull shape (ie will the boat plow water or slice through).  A 9.9 hp outboard is the same weight as a 15 hp (same block different carb/gearing).  4 hp -8hp are usually around 60 lb (+ or - 10 lbs).  I believe Honda has the lightest 4-stroke (2.3 hp) at  38 lbs but I think it is short shaft only. 

If weight is really a concern, look for early 80's air cooled 2-stroke (EPA regs killed them off).  Very loud, think weedeater.  Tanaka/cruise'n'carry/Ted Williams/Eska/Tecumseh/Sears Gamefisher.  Also new grey market from China are available.