I recently purchased a 1973 Ouachita 14ft flat bottom jon boat.The plate with the max hp rating is too faded to read.The boat is 14 feet long 47 inches wide and the transom is 15 inches high.Can anyone tell me what the max hp rating for this boat is?
SLOOPY is pretending to know something again. This is one he doesn't.Your boat is probably rated at 10 to 25hp, depending on whether it is a light duty or a heavy duty boat.The USCG site has formulae for calculating safe hp.Good luck.
I had a 14' PolarCraft flat bottom rated for 20hp tiller and 25hp w/ remote. That boat was 13' 11" long with a 44" base, 19" sides, and 15" transom. It was rated for 4 people also. It did seem to have a descently heavy gauge though, probably .070 to .080.A 9.9 rude pushed it fine with a medium load. You can't go wrong with a lghtweight 10 or 15.Hope that helps.
If you could get your hands on a 20 that would be ideal. I wouldn't exceed 25.
I like those old Ouachitas. My buddy has an old 15x48 for knocking around in the trout tailwaters here and it is a tank. He has a 25 horse Merc and that puppy will scoot. I covet it greatly. I keep telling him I'll wrestle him for it. He's blind and had bypass surgery four years ago and could still probably take me. He wrestled competitively in college. Does yours have the thick sides filled with foam?
Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
21' Suntracker(for my girls), 16' Polarkraft MV w/ 25 HP Merc(for me), 14' Odyssey bucket raft, Square stern Ouachita canoe (finally confessed to the admiral) Cute little 2.5 Merc, 16' Purple Mad River Explorer; vice-admiral's boat, but she lets me use it as long as I don't forget it's hers. Blue Hole Sunburst; a piece of history (or a piece of something else if you ask the admiral)