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« on: July 08, 2016, 08:38:24 AM »

Hey guys/gals,

Wondering if anyone has an opinion on powering the 18' skiff. I'm thinking about maxing out to 115 hp. but wondering if a 90 hp. [less money/weight] would be a wiser choice?

I'm also planning on going with the Etec.

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2016, 02:14:14 PM »

I have a 20' skiff with a 115 Etec and it runs just fine.  But, if I had the funds I would put the max on the boat.  After you run it for a while you will want more.  Just my opinion.
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 12:43:25 PM »

Thanks Trip,
Are you running a jack plate? If so, which one?

Are you running trim tabs?

Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2016, 07:01:07 PM »

I'm running a Yamaha F70 with stainless prop and it is perfect for me. If I know I'll have more weight on board I go with my same sized aluminum and it makes up a lot. I run at 20mph, 4,000 rpms (stainless). I get between 8.5 and 10 mpg. Top speed 33 mph. Can plane at 13.5, but I have trim tabs and that helps (I think they are a must BTW).

I can tow the kids on a 3 person tube (3 on tube, one in boat plus me) and they fly (aluminum prop)!
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2016, 03:33:13 AM »

Thanks Trip,
Are you running a jack plate? If so, which one?

Are you running trim tabs?

Thanks!

Park I do not have a jack plate but I am running trim pads and they are very helpful.  I'm running a SS 15 in pitch prop, with 4 people, full of fuel I get 5900 WOT at 35 mph.  I believe a stern lift prop would help.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2016, 07:15:49 AM »

Thanks guys,
Your experiences are helpful. I'll keep you posted.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2016, 07:30:13 AM »

Trip, just curious, do you have a TTop? Bait tank, how is your 20 configured?
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2016, 09:47:42 AM »

I'm running the same setup as Ridefree, a PM 18 and Yamaha 70, and I am very happy with its performance and gas economy (same as Ridefree).  BTW, my 18 rides much better with some weight forward, so having a heavy transom is something I would research, like trying to find some similarly rigged 18's to wet test with those heavier outboards/gear.  I have trim tabs and a Powerpole, and side console - no jack plate.

Best wishes. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2016, 10:09:23 AM »

Trip, just curious, do you have a TTop? Bait tank, how is your 20 configured?

Just the basic SS20.   No TTop.  Just a bimini, 29 gal fuel tank, guide console with seat, deluxe leaning post, 115 Etec with 14.5X15 SS prop, trim tabs.  Also has a swim platform.  Will be adding a trolling motor and a couple batt's.
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2016, 01:46:24 PM »

I'm running the same setup as Ridefree, a PM 18 and Yamaha 70, and I am very happy with its performance and gas economy (same as Ridefree).  BTW, my 18 rides much better with some weight forward, so having a heavy transom is something I would research, like trying to find some similarly rigged 18's to wet test with those heavier outboards/gear.  I have trim tabs and a Powerpole, and side console - no jack plate.

Best wishes. 

Just got in from about 9 hours on the water. Noticed that at about 3,000 rpms I was able to plane, and that was about 13 mph. 20 mph was actually 3,900 rpms, not 4,000. Could have had a little tide with me.

Of note is that the boats are narrow and I think that a 90 hp motor with 120 more pounds than my F70 will be tail heavy. I use trim tabs to put the nose down a little and put all my movable weight forward as it is (6 gallon spare rule, 2 anchors, and I put my 12 gallons of main fuel in from of my center console when I do not have passengers. It should be noted that my center console is slightly aft of center, as I use the rear deck to sit on (my boat started its life as a tiller steer with a 60 hp Honda).

Also, for those that think the narrow boat would cause it to be unstable I say no way. It is surprisingly stable side to side, and does quite well in chop. The "Panga speed" is nice when I want to keep my passengers comfortable though. Although today I ran into a pretty good chop at about 28 mph and the boat cut right through it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2016, 04:57:20 PM »

Trip, just curious, do you have a TTop? Bait tank, how is your 20 configured?

Just the basic SS20.   No TTop.  Just a bimini, 29 gal fuel tank, guide console with seat, deluxe leaning post, 115 Etec with 14.5X15 SS prop, trim tabs.  Also has a swim platform.  Will be adding a trolling motor and a couple batt's.

Interesting ... Thanks for the reply Trip, my apologies to all else for the distraction.

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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2016, 02:09:50 PM »

BTW, I have no liner on my 18 (as most do not), and I use two 6-gallon plastic tanks located in the stern under my seat/aft casting deck.  If by any chance you have your fuel tank midship, that would help.  Otherwise, many of us run with about 10-12 gallons X 7 lbs of fuel far stern. 
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