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3124Re: Power for Ninigret continued

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  • jj_warde
    Nov 11, 2011
      Hi John:

      I use a 25 hp Merc Bigfoot which is a 4-stroke. It is a 2000 so it's got a carb. Merc still makes a 15" short-shaft fuel-injected 4-stokes in 30 & 40hp with remote steering. However the Bigfoot 40 hp is a 20 shaft.

      --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "John Kohnen" <jkohnen@...> wrote:
      > Thanks a lot, JJ! That's really good info, based on actual experience. I'm
      > pleased that Ninigret goes along fine with the 25 hp. Merc. I don't
      > recall, is that a 4-stroke Merc? There are advantages to having extra
      > power for a load, but it always comes with extra weight -- extra weight
      > just where you don't want it, even when the engine is in a well. That's
      > especially a concern with today's heavy, bulky motors. I'll again
      > recommend the Bartender group for it's discussions about putting modern
      > outboards into a boat designed when motors were smaller and lighter:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bartenderboat/
      > On Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:13:28 -0700, JJ wrote:
      > >
      > > The Ninigret does very well with the Bigfoot 25 and 4-6 aboard. I've
      > > found that the key element, with its semi-displacement hull design, is
      > > balancing the load and keeping weight out of the stern. That's why a
      > > reasonably light motor works so well. I tried a Merc 50 in a Ninigret
      > > and that was overkill, stern-heavy, and the motor's "dog house"
      > > unsightly.
      > > I put most gear and 2 folks (or more) in the cuddy; becasue it's open to
      > > the cockpit they don't feel isolated. I also carry two fold-up chairs to
      > > use benind the stearing/co-pilot fixed seats.
      > > A point to note is that the Merc Bigfoot is beefier than the standard
      > > 25hp; it was intented to push pontoon boats with its biggger prop. The
      > > crankshaft is a brute.
      > > Good luck with your new motor. I think that ninigret's hull weight and
      > > design accomodates a relatively wide range of power units.
      > --
      > John (jkohnen@...)
      > The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene
      > of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the
      > blood. (Logan Pearsall Smith)
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