I'm not usually a fan of Honda's but for Ninigret I'd say it's ideal in that ity's 30hp. Also it's a 3 cylinder engine instead of a twin. Twin cyl 2 strokes are quite smooth but 4 stroke twins are'nt as smooth. Think of a oldTriumph motorcycle. But a bigger advantage of the honda 30 is that it's the biggest OB engine available with carbs. I have a 40 and a 60hp OB with fuel injection and it scares me a bit.....they are so heavy and complicated. So if I had a Ninigret I'd be looking at the Honda 30.
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Edgar Boyd" <boydmaine@...> wrote:
> Thanks again for all the comments relating to powering Ninigret. Largely because of this input I've changed my mind and decided to go with a 30hp short shaft Honda 4 stroke. The Honda 30 weighs the same as the 25.
> Bill B
> --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "jj_warde" <jj_warde@> wrote:
> > 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.
> > JJ
> > --- 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)
> > >