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Old 01-08-2008, 07:52 AM
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Default 1997 Evinrude 3.3 hp. 2-cycle

Does anyone have any info on this motor? I just got it to power a 12 foot aluminum and it seems to have more than 3 hp. I looked it up on nada and it says it has 2 cylinders? That almost doesn't make sense in a 3 hp motor.

How many CC's?

It sure packs a punch for a 29# motor. It would almost plane the boat and at WOT the prop would cavitate like it had more power and rpms that it couldn't harness. The prop seems to be composite. I tried to look up props for it on iboats.com and the search yeilded zilch.

Any info appreciated. Paul
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Default Re: 1997 Evinrude 3.3 hp. 2-cycle

Paul, I think that little engine was made in Hong Kong and is a one cylinder engine. They were a little shaky at idle but no problems that I know of.
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I have one bought it new and barely use it. It is single cylinder, starts in gear reliable little motor but one of plastic cowl latches broke and transom clamp sheared . Does pack a lot of punch planed off a 12' tin boat with two adults and a child. Nice motor but it is not built as well as near as well as the 3-5hp light twin OMC's from the 1950's.

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Old 01-09-2008, 05:48 AM
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Default Re: 1997 Evinrude 3.3 hp. 2-cycle

Thanks guys, I saw the "Made in china" stamped on the side and was slightly concerned. It was kinda white knuckle starting it in gear then flippin it around 180 degrees, water splashin over the transom, just to go backwards. Last time I'll do that. Starting in gear in NOT good. Even at the lowest throttle setting the prop still spins fast with lots of foreward thrust.

The cowl latches are not made well. Thanks for the warning.

How did your transom clamp shear? Seems to be 2 pretty thick bolts holding it on to the transome?


Again, thanks for the info guys.


brisboats, Did you have the plastic prop on yours or did you find a replacement for it? Mine cavitates at wot with one person in a 12 ft. aluminum, havent tried with more weight in it yet.


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Default RE: 1997 Evinrude 3.3 hp. 2-cycle

I have a 1996 Evinrude 3.3 and it is 2 cylander and has more power than any 4 stroke or 1 cyl model in that range...thats why I haven't upgraded to a 4 stroke..can't find one with the same power this has......and also the 4 strokes are much heavier to lift on and off the inflatable.
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SP, I believe my prop is aluminum works fine, I will have to look again though motor is at the beach house. My transom clamp just broke in half not really sure if that was a design flaw or someone dropped the engine I think the metal was fatigue and then finally sheared . Not a real biggie as it was the screw itself not the actual "C" clamp that goes over the transom.

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the cavitation was caused by incorrect tilt, adjusted the trim and cavitation gone. Just got done running the motor in N. Carolina for 3 days. Great little motor. Paul
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