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tyrone01

2006 Lund 1660 classic

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tyrone01

Just bought this boat for the family fishing events. It has a Mercury 40 HP 4 stroke. Is the motor going to push it enough. I am used to a 16 ft with a 20 HP Johnson.

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crappie todd

there is a tag on the boat, typically near the rear inside that tells you what the max Horse power rating is. also the max weight load. look at that and it will tell you. The boat should have a motor that has the max HP rated motor. For the best operating conditions. IS it a tiller or remote. Mine is a remote, I have this same boat I bought last year. I would think a 40 is a bit on the low end power scale. go to www.lundboats.com. look up your boat.

here is what I found. 16'3"

16'3"

Beam 84"

84"

IPS Chine Width 70.5"

70.5"

Approx. Wt. (lb) 840

785

Maxiumum HP 60

60

Transom Height GS 20"

20"

Fuel Tank (gal) 19

19

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tyrone01

thanks for the advice, I know it says 60 hp max. hopefully it will be ok.

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Valv

A classic rule of thumb is minimum HP is 1/2 of max listed on tag.

In your case 30hp is the lowest you can go with, a 40hp will push it fine but it will have few limitations. You won't have a "rocket" in your hands but it will do the job.

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PerchJerker

I have always heard the classic rule of thumb to be 75% of a boat's max hp rating is the lowest you want to go. But from a practical standpoint there is not much diff between a 40, 50, or 60 hp motor. With the 40 you will give up some hole shot, some power, some top end speed, and will notice it a lot more with a 40 than you will with a 60 when the boat is loaded. The 40 will do the job, really depends on the lakes you fish (long runs, big waves) and how loaded you will have the boat.

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FL SNIPER

It might be real nice motor for slow trolling. I have a lund rebel with a 40hp four stroke (boat max is 45hp), and I sometimes wish I would have went with a 30HP motor just so i could troll slower with the big motor. Sure you would give up some speed getting from place to place...but it might be worth it to you if you like to troll with your big motor and not a trolling motor like I do...especially with cranks or on the river its nice to troll with the big motor. If you don't troll with the big motor much...and use a trolling motor mostly...than I would max it out for sure or use that 50% rule of thumb...so I think you made a good decision. I'm no expert by any means but that's my opinion. I hope it works out well for you.

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tyrone01

Thanks for the advice. I am just itching to get the thing in the water. My 3 and 6 year old have been fishing in the garage with it since I bought it.

Thanks,

Ty

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