Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

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Stroth
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Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

Post by Stroth » 06 Sep 2016, 12:32

I picked up a nice 2010 Tohatsu Outboard on Friday. It is 9.8 four stroke with what was reported as less than 20 hours on it.

I ran it over the weekend on a 1950s Aerocraft V Hull that I have. It ran perfect and was very fun.

I would like a bit of a larger boat. Maybe a 14'?

I want to be able to fish a few lakes / reservoirs near my home. Two of the reservoirs have a 12 mph limit. One is a bit over 500 acres and the other is 155 acres. The 155 acre res. has some deep spots 40-50' and a nice trout fishery. I would like to troll with the 9.8.

I would also like to do some bass fishing and have the ability to trailer the boat to some larger lakes.

Most of the time I would be by myself, but there are times when my two kids (9 and 6) and my wife would also want to join us. (More for a boat ride than a fishing trip).

What are some of my better options?

Lund wc 14?
Grizzly Tracker Johns?

Should I go v hull or for a jon / modified jon?

Thanks for any and all opinions -- I love this forum!

Matt

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wmk0002
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Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

Post by wmk0002 » 06 Sep 2016, 14:20

Congratulations on the purchase. If I remember right, you posted a while back about maybe buying a 1436 flatbottom with a 9.8 Tohatsu on it. Is this motor the one from that ad? If so, did you buy the boat with it?
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Stroth
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Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

Post by Stroth » 06 Sep 2016, 14:26

No I did not buy the boat. I found another source for the motor. I was getting the run around a bit on that sale. This motor is newer than the one from that sale....

As I have been looking at used sales it seemed like one part was always way off. The boat would be usable, but the motor crapola and vice versa.... Now I have a nice steady motor to pair with something a little bigger than the 12' that I have now....

THANKS

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Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

Post by wmk0002 » 06 Sep 2016, 16:10

Cool.

My advice for a hull still holds to what I mentioned before. But maybe others will chime in as well. Good Luck!
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Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

Post by uncndl1 » 14 Sep 2016, 21:06

I would think that your motor would work quite nicely on a 14 footer as you mention. Many set ups came with that configuration back in the mid 60"s and 70"s. Looking at a spec sheet for the boat you are considering will tell you some important information. For instance, here is a Sea King spec sheet:
http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/Fi ... gbb003.jpg
Looking down at the categories, you are going to want the highest weight capacity possible with the extra weight you will be carrying. Mine is considered a 14 footer, and you can see my max weight is 900 pounds. Just start adding up the weight of your motor, gear, and passengers.
Good luck in your search.
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Best 14' for a 9.8 HP

Post by Crazyboat » 17 Sep 2016, 16:13

How do they regulate a 12 MPH limit, how do they expect you to know when you hit the magical number, is a GPS required?

I'd assume a HP limit would be far easier to enforce, drop a 9.9 sticker on a 15 but more then that you can tell the engine size shape.

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