Too big of a motor on a canoe?
Posted by: leowis1 on Feb-26-11 5:55 PM (EST)
Hello--I am very new to canoeing. In fact, I don't even own one yet. I'm close to buying the 15' 4" sportsman canoe with a square back. Its a 3 person canoe. Its me and my twin boys, age 5. The canoe is rated for a 4hp outboard. I can find many used 5hp motors for around $400-$500. But I cannot find any 4hps. What will happen if I put a 5hp engine on a canoe rated for 4hp? Thank you!
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Posted by: Big_D on Feb-28-11 8:56 AM (EST)
I can't say how your state licensing agency will feel about 'overpowering' a boat. However, most times the horsepower has more to do with weight than actual power that the hull can handle.
at some point you tear out the transom|
Posted by: clarion on Feb-28-11 12:24 PM (EST)
I'd agree that the weight of a 5 hp ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-28-11 6:01 PM (EST)
nice, just got that canoe too.|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-21-11 8:28 PM (EST)
Hey there, newbie here too.
Cut out the flotation?|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-30-11 6:35 AM (EST)
When opened up the hole in the seat did you just open up the flotation compartment so it can flood and the boat will sink?
Posted by: old_user on Apr-14-11 1:51 PM (EST)
No, the center seat already had a drainage hole in the bottom of it. I was sure to check before hacking it up, lol.