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#1 labowned

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 01:01 PM

Putting together rig to hunt on the colorado river. 14 foot Jon boat. What size engine? Would a 2.5 hp push me upstream?

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:21 PM

Your going to want a bigger moter for sure used to fish the river with same set up and a 6hp and it worked but was slow going

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:39 PM

I would even consider a 10 horse to small with current and winter weather conditions. Bigger motors can get you out of bad situations faster

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:51 AM

I would even consider a 10 horse to small with current and winter weather conditions. Bigger motors can get you out of bad situations faster

 

10HP won't even launch your partner out of the boat when you hit a sandbar in the dark.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 10:46 AM

I have a Honda 24hp longtail motor on my 16 ft. boat. 18 mph with a good prop, tops! This thing feels super slow to me especially when I am headed for a spot to set up 7-8 miles away. I guess if you have the time, no wind, and are not going long distances you might get by with that 2 1/2 hp. You need ideal conditions to make that combo work. 



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:25 PM

I use a 15 Hp outboard motor on my 12' jon boat. Nothing smaller as you want to get in an out of your hunting spot. Especially if you if you hunt in reeds or shallow waterand need to power out each time to retreive.



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:26 PM

12 ' jon boat and 12 hp  outboard

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:28 PM

Oops  it is a 15 hp motor not 12 hp



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 09:20 AM

What part of the river are you focusing on?  I ran a 1448 jon boat with a 20hp outboard, it worked great.  Then I upgraded to a 1652 with 60hp.  I actually killed more ducks out of the 14 footer, it just hid better I guess.  Depending on the miles of river you plan to use would depend on the size of OB you need.  

If it's a small area, you won't need much motor, but if you're going to be traveling miles, I wouldn't go smaller than 10hp, JMO...


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 10:19 AM

A 12' jon boat/15 HP OB was priceless this past season on the River as the low  flows out of Parker were terrible. Many sand and rock bars. We hunt N. of Blythe






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