Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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Okay. You’re boating in Merrimack river, down to the Annisquam river, and up to the Piscataqua river, into Essex, Ipswich, and Plum Island Sound. Hummm. I’m well versed in those waters, sure! I’m pushing 28 feet, at least 8 tons of full keeled boat and it ain’t enough to shove ‘er against it! Really, you can’t have enough horse power in those waters. My MINIMUM recommendations are: 6 - 8 HP on 20 – 22 feet. 9.9 HP up to 25 feet. 15 HP up to 27 feet and a 20 HP on up to 30 feet. Get the full 25 inch shaft depth on the motor! The sea state outside those entrances can get pretty tough, even with no wind. I’ve seen 4 – 5 footers on a flat calm day! Having a motor that can reach down and keep the prop in contact with the water while she’s wallowing around and hobby-horsing in it is critical!
"Who would go to sea for pleasure
would go to hell for pastime."