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OGFOGF Posts: 2,084 Captain
Old Timers... 

What HP was your first outboard?

Mine was 60HP but I am not that old. 

Now they have a 600 HP. Unreal. 

Check out this new Mercury Verado V12 600 HP.

https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/v12/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5JSLBhCxARIsAHgO2Seo3KLUfZXBq1SNZLMOEvNWAvLvweafMjLltpKkDukW6KxHZjVhvYAaAh_tEALw_wcB


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  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 20,654 Moderator
    35 HP Evinrude on a 28' steel pontoon boat. 

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  • swampdogswampdog Central FloridaPosts: 3,944 Captain
    3 HP Evinrude on a 10’ wooden boat, then on a 12’ aluminum Montgomery Ward. Little motor was still humming when we sold it. 
  • Lake-LinkerLake-Linker Posts: 182 Deckhand
    7 horse Johnson. 12' sears jonboat.
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
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  • tom waxelbaumtom waxelbaum Posts: 784 Officer
    1958 Evinrude 10 on a 1957 Feathercraft aluminum pointed bow jonboat. Piloted by a 1958 model.
  • The_Bearded_AnglerThe_Bearded_Angler Tampa native living in GaPosts: 371 Deckhand
    35 HP Chrysler on a 16' Seabreeze (back in the 70's)
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 18,918 AG
  • AaronCannonAaronCannon Pinellas County Posts: 1,009 Officer
    edited October 2021 #9
    Mine was a evinrude 6 on a 14ft aluminum starcraft, put a 25 gamefisher on it. Much better.
    Saw 3 of those 600s today.

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  • 5 HP Eska on a leaking 12 f.t Aluminum Jonboat.
    Drove that thing for Miles and Miles
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 40,378 AG
    I don't remember, but think it was a 90hp on a 17-foot Seafox. Before that was oars on a Jon boat. 

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  • altuckaltuck TallahasseePosts: 1,171 Officer
    In 1957 a 3 hp Evinrude on a 12 ft homemade cypress jon boat with tar sealed joints

  • wynnvwynnv Posts: 769 Officer

    I was fortunate enough to grow up on the river. Many of my teenage years were spent on the water. My friend’s dad owned a Marina so there was never a shortage of boats around. The 5 hp Eska and the 9.9 hp Johnson or Evinrude’s were the motor of choice back in the day. We were big timing it when one of my friends got a Whaler with an 85 Evinrude.

  • I wanna say either 3 or 6
    I can't remember as it was something like 60 years ago and I can barely remember what I had for dinner ;)
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  • Jstubby2Jstubby2 Lat -90 Long +90 👍Posts: 843 Officer
  • Gary SGary S Posts: 3,101 Captain
    The family boat was a 60 hp Evinrude on a 18 foot Squall King. It was as big as a wash tub, I have a 60 hp Honda on a 16 foot boat now that  use for Bully Neting that is tiny in comparison. I had a couple things growing up that would float I would take to the canal a block away. One had a small motor but like the Snatcher I can't remember that far back.
     I personally hate the way the new motors look. Sort of reminds me of the pickup trucks that are lowered in the back with the front lifted.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,735 AG
    5hp Eska on a 10' sears jonboat.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,735 AG
    my Dad had a 17' wood ski boat with a 25hp Hurricane.

    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • 2amigo2amigo Posts: 8,243 Admiral
    edited October 2021 #19
    9.9 johnson on an aluminum boat.  I was 12 at the time.  Simpler times and had a blast

  • Jstubby2Jstubby2 Lat -90 Long +90 👍Posts: 843 Officer
    Something about the 9.9 HP back then, I think you didn't have to register it or something, we used to throw on the back of my friends 10 ft John Boat with 2 lawn chairs 1 short one & 1 tall one in the back & run the canals & air boat trails at sawgrass & everglades holiday park, fun times. When done you could throw it all in the back of the truck & head to the hill.
  • 2amigo2amigo Posts: 8,243 Admiral
    Jstubby2 said:
    Something about the 9.9 HP back then, I think you didn't have to register it or something, we used to throw on the back of my friends 10 ft John Boat with 2 lawn chairs 1 short one & 1 tall one in the back & run the canals & air boat trails at sawgrass & everglades holiday park, fun times. When done you could throw it all in the back of the truck & head to the hill.
    Motor restrictions on some bodies of water had to be less than 10 hp.  I'm sure those 9.9's were EXACTLY 9.9 and not 10 if hooked up to a dyno.  :D


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,494 Moderator
    5 hp Johnson on a plywood boat built by my Poppop
  • altuckaltuck TallahasseePosts: 1,171 Officer
    When the state began requiring boats being registered, boats under
    14 ft with motors less than 10hp were exempt.
    So a lot of boats were 13'  10" and a lot of motors were 9.9.
    The state later changed the rules to powered vs non powered. ( more tax revenue)
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,406 AG
    90 merc 2 stroke.  temperamental but never left me stranded.   It hated to idle.    That thing wanted to RUN 
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  • 2amigo2amigo Posts: 8,243 Admiral
    altuck said:
    When the state began requiring boats being registered, boats under
    14 ft with motors less than 10hp were exempt.
    So a lot of boats were 13'  10" and a lot of motors were 9.9.
    The state later changed the rules to powered vs non powered. ( more tax revenue)

    Ahhhhhh.  Did not know that part of it.
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 3,843 Captain
    My first outboard was a mid or early 80s 35HP merc.     That thing was the loudest motor ive ever owned, and frankly still seems louder than anything ive been around.    I think it had the exhaust mid-port or something?

    It wanted to run tho.  6gallon tank with pre-mix oil was all I needed all day long!  16ft carolina skiff with a baitwell was all I needed.    I used to bring a 1gallon tank of gas with oil pre-mix for the "long" runs.  

    My buddies once told me they heard me crank the motor at the ramp, and they were fishing a few a miles away. 
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,774 Captain
    40 merc on a bass tracker TX17
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  • gogittumgogittum Nature CoastPosts: 3,260 Captain
    Twin 40 hp 1957 Scott-Atwaters on a 19 ft Bryant weekender.  Junk motors.  We needed 2, cause one or the other would quit on nearly every trip.  I think McCulloch made those lower unit gears out of glass.  Dad finally got tired of it and around 1960 he installed an 80 hp Volvo outdrive - one of the very 1st.  That made a dandy boat out of it.

    By then I was in the Navy and only got one ride on it with the Volvo.  What a difference.
  • jcbcpajcbcpa Posts: 2,280 Captain
    edited October 2021 #29
    9.9 Johnson with a short shaft and a plastic boat. It was perfect for fishing Spring Creek, dragging over logs and hitting rocks. 

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  • FlashFlash Posts: 12,089 AG
    edited October 2021 #30
    1 1/2 HP Eska. Believe Monkey Wards made them.  Actually just one of the stores that sold them.  10 foot jon.

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  • WB DrifterWB Drifter Posts: 289 Deckhand
    '76 ~ 85hp Mercury Thunderbolt on a '67 ~ BW Nauset


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