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    Default Ouachita jon boat max hp

    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?

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    Default Re: Ouachita jon boat max hp

    Check out the following site. It may give you a good idea of what it might be: http://www.crestliner.com/boat_info/...ls.asp?TID=106

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    4 hp.
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    Default Re: Ouachita jon boat max hp

    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.

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    Default Re: Ouachita jon boat max hp

    JB and cobra thanks for the tips.The company that made my boat folded years ago and it's hard to find out anything about them.

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    Default Re: Ouachita jon boat max hp

    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.

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    I got a 14 foot ouachita as well was wondering what would happen if i throw a 40 HP engine on it

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    Default Re: Ouachita jon boat max hp

    Quote Originally Posted by sinkr View Post
    I got a 14 foot ouachita as well was wondering what would happen if i throw a 40 HP engine on it
    The transom will pass up the bow, over, under, around, or through it.

    I once had a 16' ouachita flat bottom bass boat, with gunwales about 10 inches wide full of foam. It was unsinkable, and planed off nicely with a 20 Merc and forward stick steering.

    I had about 4 kids at the time, and they could all run to one side and look over it at the fishies without endangering anyone or any thing.

    I wish I had another like it. I've never even seen anything like it since.

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    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)

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    Default Re: Ouachita jon boat max hp

    i have a 1970 14 foot ouchita and it is rated at 25 hp. mine is a fiberglass with the thick sides

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    Do you really think he cares after 8 years, clb??

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