Motor for 14’ Starcraft

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Mopedman
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Motor for 14’ Starcraft

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Good Day: I was give a 1974 Starcraft aluminum boat that looks as if she had hardly ever been used. Is there a way of determining what horsepower motor will safely power the vessel. Thanks Jack

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DaleH
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Well pictures would certainly help all of us, and you. Plus measure the beam at the stern and in the middle to see how wide she is, then measure the gunnel and transom heights. Also look at the 'shape' of the transition as the running bottom turns up to become the sides, is there a square/angled feature there at the garboard or it is rounded? Are the sides ribbed? Are there extensive chines down the hull outside of the keel? Is there any deadrise to the stern ("V" shape) or is the running surface flat at the rearmost part of the hull?

Even if you could weigh the hull that would tell you something. Then if needed, look up equivalent sized/shaped hulls on the brochures here: http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/in ... =Main_Page . Look up your Starcraft over on their current Starcraft website, where they list older brochures.

FWIW the non-rounded chine hulls (round chine hulls can be TIPPY! :shock: !), deeper V-deadrise, and taller/wider hulls generally allow for more horsepower, so typically the 'bigger '14' hulls could hold up to a 25hp (Lund SV14 or equivalent Smoker Craft WWR-14 models), even up to the 30hp if run by a side console steering. Boat like this, of typical 3-seat configuration or such have a mid-beam width of 72" (6').

If it appears to be a bigger/heavier/beamier/beefier constructed 14-footer, a 25hp OB should be fine, but if a smaller tippy model, I'd probably go with an 18hp or 20hp, maybe even a 15hp.

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Re: Motor for 14’ Starcraft

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If its been hardly used, there will be a tag inside at the stern.

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GYPSY400 wrote: 20 May 2021, 12:45 If its been hardly used, there will be a tag inside at the stern.
Now THAT ... is the simplest and BEST answer ... 'if' the hull has a USCG Capacity dataplate that is :wink:

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My 70’s Starcraft Seafarer 14’ has the original manufacturer’s tag and is rated for 30hp max. I’ve got an old Johnson 20hp and it moves/planes just fine loaded. I get just over 20 mph at WOT if my loads and trim are set properly.
Fishing generalist in central Michigan. 14’ Starcraft Seafarer with a '67 Johnson FD-21R

14’ StarCraft Seafarer build thread: https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=49279