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    I am about to inherit a Grumman 17.5 foot canoe with a square back. I am guessing that it dates to 1975 or so. Does anyone here have any experience putting a small motor on one of these things? Would a 3.5-5.5 HP motor push it along OK? I think it would be a nice "launch" to use to get back and forth to our little island. Our primary boat will be a 16' pontoon.

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    A VERY long time ago I had a square stern Grumman with a 6hp Johnson on it (my first boat). It moved along pretty well.

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      Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

      Even the 3-4.5HP JohnnyRudes will move your canoe smartly.
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        I bought my 17' aluminum square back canoe in 1983 with a 3HP air cooled Tanaka motor and it's a great rig. Later I thought I wanted more power and bought a 4HP Yamaha and it was a bit stronger but weighed about twice as much as my 24 lb. Tanaka), so I sold the Yamaha and went back with the Tanaka since then. Trouble is, you can't buy a new Tanaka since they quit selling them in the USA over a decade ago, but if I needed a new motor, I'd take a close look at that Honda 2HP, 4 stroke, air cooled, centrifugal clutch, 25lbs.(mostly the same features and specs as the Tanaka. Lighter is definitely better and air cooled is great(no water pump), Centrifugal clutch(no gears), costs about $1000, brand new!...Check it out, and good luck!

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          Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

          Originally posted by JB View Post
          Even the 3-4.5HP JohnnyRudes will move your canoe smartly.

          Years ago my grandfather ran an Evinrude 4 on a Grumman canoe. It was a simple one with no reverse and looked like this http://www.gregterzian.com/wp-conten...evinrude-3.jpg Super light and surprisingly powerful.
          2002 20' Hydra-Sports 202DC 200HP Yamaha HPDI
          1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
          Restoration thread https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767

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            Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

            I have a seventeen foot Ouachita aluminum flatback and a 2.5 Merc. It's a perfect match. She's rated up to 4 horses, but the 2.5 is plenty. Welcome aboard.
            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, 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. Esquif Vertige

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              Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

              I have a cruise'n'carry 1.5 horse motor... weighs 12 lbs... I'd say that even it would move that canoe really well.
              Kevin

              Originally posted by Tinnie
              But, where are the reevets?
              1981 Wellcraft V-20 CC Fisherman (FREE BOAT)
              1989 Wellcraft Monte Carlo 28(Build thread here)
              1992 Hotsports Jet'n'Cat Yam 701 WR3 drivetrain "SS George Washington"
              90's Yamaha WRIII and a pair of 95 Kawasaki ZXI-900's
              Fresh clean cheap oil is better then old dirty expensive oil any day
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                By way of follow up, I managed to find a 1965 Evinrude Lightwin (3HP). It came off an Alumacraft and I think it will propel the canoe along nicely. Thanks all for the tips. I'll report back in late May to let you know how the rig worked!

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                  Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

                  The Lightwin was just thing. The canoe (in fact a 15.5 foot) has a max HP rating of 3. Works great, looks great.

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                    I ran an old aluminum flatback canoe with a little 3 hp Gamefisher (a.k.a. Tanaka). Great little motor. A little loud, but sips the gas and still running strong. I now use it as my kicker on my 14' semi-V tinny. I'd recommend a tiller extender to allow you to shift your weight as needed. A piece of PVC with a few slits in one end and a couple pipe clamps work great. If you wanna see some hot rod canoes of a sort check our customegheenoe.com.

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                      Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

                      Originally posted by Underblog View Post
                      By way of follow up, I managed to find a 1965 Evinrude Lightwin (3HP). It came off an Alumacraft and I think it will propel the canoe along nicely. Thanks all for the tips. I'll report back in late May to let you know how the rig worked!
                      That will work fine. I have a 67 Lightwin that I have used on a 15' Coleman canoe and the only issue was the balance with the motor hanging off one side. With a square back that will not be an issue. The Lightwin's are great motors.
                      Riptide - 03 FourWinns Freedom 170, 04 115 HP Johnson
                      86 13' Old Town Hunter Canoe
                      BassOMatic - 82 Sears 13' Jon Boat, 67 3 HP Evinrude Lightwin
                      Voyager - 81 15' Coleman RamX Canoe

                      03 Toyota Tundra SR5 with TRD package.
                      K&N Intake, JBA headers, Magnaflow Hi-Flo Cat Converters, Magnaflow SS duel exhaust.

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                        Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

                        At the risk of reviving a dormant thread, here is a short video of the approach to our island on Burntside Lake, Minnesota.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b5s1u4eimQ

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                          Re: Best Motor for a Grumman Canoe

                          You are ALLOWED to revive YOUR OWN dormant thread
                          Kevin

                          Originally posted by Tinnie
                          But, where are the reevets?
                          1981 Wellcraft V-20 CC Fisherman (FREE BOAT)
                          1989 Wellcraft Monte Carlo 28(Build thread here)
                          1992 Hotsports Jet'n'Cat Yam 701 WR3 drivetrain "SS George Washington"
                          90's Yamaha WRIII and a pair of 95 Kawasaki ZXI-900's
                          Fresh clean cheap oil is better then old dirty expensive oil any day
                          sigpic

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                            Nice! I have about the same set up, a square back old town with a 61' lightwin 3hp. It pushes my wife and I at a whooping 5-7 mph depending on how much beer we have. Works great getting to the fishing hole or to the beach on the lake.

                            We took it to Masonboro Island near Wilmington NC over memorial day, had about a 3 mile trip with 800 pounds inclunding gear, us, and everything needed for a long weekend! Besides getting rocked by the big sportsfishers it was great. Those old johnnyrudes will never die!
                            1970 16ft no name trihull skiff, 40hp evinrude tiller
                            1997 Caravelle 1750 BR, 3.0 Mercrusier
                            1994 GMC sierra 4x4


                            Happy boat building, Johnny

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