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a1sailboats 08-23-2006 09:44 PM

larger engines - Honda 75-90
Would like to hear from anyone who has a 26M powered with a 75-90hp engine. Specifics on motor and prop, performance data, fuel economy etc. "Downsides" ? Am considering installing Honda 75 on new 26M. - Capt Jim

corriganken 10-22-2006 09:55 PM

Captain Jim !! I have a mac26x with a 70 HP Nissan outboard since 1998 .The extra HP is great when you need it , such as high winds , heavy current or trying to outrun a storm to get back to the marina . However most of the time I just use the motor to get out into Lake Erie then sail for the rest of the day .The heavier motor does not help sailing . It is too much weight in the stern . I don't know about the 26m but I suspect that you will waste your money on a bigger motor . Ken

corriganken 10-22-2006 09:57 PM

Captain Jim ... What motor do you have on your boat now ??? I am looking for a smaller motor .


jrmccormack 10-30-2006 07:48 AM

Yamaha 4 stroke HT
Captain Jim,

I bought my 26M with the Yamaha 50HP fourstroke. I am not sure what you have now but this unit allows me to cruise comfortably at 15Kn with full ballast and load.

If I dump the ballast ( on the smooth ) this will rise to a good 22Kn.

It also has little effect on sailing as it is substantially less weight than the bigger powerplants. This may be worth considering as you choose.

cheers johnmac

CaptKermie 11-29-2006 05:18 PM

Caapt Jim:
I have the Honda 50 on my M and it works fine it is light weight and plenty of power. The Honda 75 & 90 model is way too heavy for the Mac. If you want a bit more oomph get a smaller engine that swings a 14" diameter propeller like the Evinrude e-tec 60hp or the Mercury bigfoot 60 or Yamaha HT60 all of which fall into the aprox 250# weight range. There is a 90 hp engine in the 300# range and that is the maximum weight you should ever put on the transom. Too much weight aft will hinder sailing performance.

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