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Old 03-07-2005, 08:43 PM
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My dad has a 19' xwide carolina skiff semi vee thats rated for a 130, he has a 150 and it flies, but it is not overpowered, it is still stable and handles fine.

i want to buy a j16. it is rated for a 30hp, I want to put my 40 on it and possibly even upgrade to a 50 or 60.
i have to make an hour-long run to my camp on the coast, and i'd like to be able to run in the upper 30's to low 40's. just wondering if anyone has a j16 with more than 30 horses?
Old 03-07-2005, 09:15 PM
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Greetings,
I'm by no means an expert on the CS J16, but I've done a little research (and I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night). I suggest you check out this website of CS enthusiast.
http://groups.msn.com/CarolinaSkiffOwners/general.msnw

Also, here's a bonus site.
http://outdoorsbest.zeroforum.com/ze...show&id=301668



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i have a j14 w/ a 25hp and it flies. i cant say how fast because i dont have a speedo but i est its in the 30 mph range. its rated at 20 hp tiller and 25 remote. i have no doubt that a 40 hp on a j16 will get you between 30 and 40 mph. be sure to hang on in turns and wear the lanyard!
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I had a 30hp merc on a 16' standard carolina skiff so I think I might be able to help you here...I was able to push that skiff mid 30's with that 30hp merc...great combination...plenty of get up and go...putting a 40 or 50hp on it IMHO would be a waste...unless the water is like a mirror you'll never use all that power...also, the 16J is a lighter version of the standard...I think your best bet would be with the 30...that should get you close to 40mph, I can only imagine what a 60hp engine would push that boat at...I'd just make sure my life insurance is paid in full......one thing you didn't mention is how big a load will you be carrying? That might influence how much horsepower you need...but like I said, I've hit 37mph (gps) in the Delaware River with my older son and younger brother in the boat, including me...

Good luck with what ever choice you make...

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I had a J16 for 8 years and it flew with a 25 hp on it....IMO I would not excede what the boat is rated for...unless you want to loose the transom with the motor attached...how fast do we need to go???
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cajun, i had a 19 standard with a 70 .....scary fast.....stick with what ya got. a 60 is asking for trouble on that hull... ..............jim
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My son has a 17dlx with a yamaha 50 high thrust 4-stroke....it tops out at 26mph.....feels underpowered to me....turns 5800 rpm.....what's up?
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Sidebar: In the great state of NC exceeding the rating plate HP can get you into trouble. Most Green Men check the plate when they check for licenses and such. Since I've never been over HP I don't know what the procedure would be...... tread lightly......
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I have a j16 with a 25 johnson- 32mph on the gps.
IMO -more than 30hp would be a waste
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well on a usual trip to my camp, i will have 2 pirogues, a dog, several dozen decoys, 18-24 gallons gas and a hunting buddy, so i need a little extra horsepower. I don't ever plan to run a 50 or 60 wide open... also i need to get on plan quickly because of the extemely shallow water il'll be in often. that was the advantage of the 150 on the 19' skiff......it would get on top in the blink of an eye.
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I had a J-16 with a 3 cylinder 25 Johnsons tiller and a 4 blade prop. the holeshot was not a problem. If passengers weren't ready they would slide right off the center seat if they were not holding on. A large motor on the J16 sucks because it will not self bail well when at rest.

The plugs will definately be in when you are in the boat. I had flaps on the scuppers that helped, but it still needed plugs unless you like wet feet.

I got rid of mine because I was afraid my wife would throw herself and the kids out of the boat in turns. The slide/dig/pitch sucks when trying to turn or pull a tube. It was almost impossible to get a tube into much of a turn because the boat slides so much. Great landing craft/barge for the beach, but a scary wet ride.

Perfect for pulling crab pots and moving stuff.

Top speed on GPS was 29 or 30 light, trimmed up a couple of holes.

I would think the weight of a larger motor would make the boat a handful and not fun unless you were going straight ahead on flat water.
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well i guess from what you guys are saying, i would be okay with my 40. maybe a 60 might be too much, but i would be carrying a lot of weight with me, I don't think there is too much restriction on the hp in louisiana, there's so many commercial fisherman around with 150-200's pushing 19' skiffs

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