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    Default What kind of motor?

    Iíve started building the frames for my 21í snakeshooter 12 degree vee bottom ski boat. Before I go much further I need to know what motor will be going in it. Iím thinking just a simple mericruiser I/O ? Thoughts?

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    Your choice. Glen-L list this as a jet sled/whitewater river boat. If you are going to use it to pull skiers, then you don't want a jet.

    From the Glen-L site: Power options detail single 20" or 25" shaft length outboard (jet pump retrofit or prop optional), or stern-mounted inboard with jet or I/O. Weight limits are 1000 lbs. for jet inboards and 900 lbs. for I/O's.

    your options seem fairly wide open.

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    An I/O takes up internal volume and is awkward to work on; outboards get stolen. However, as a ski boat you want as few deck-level obstructions as possible, tilting the playing field towards an I/O.
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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    I’m basically going to just cruise around on the lake in it but want to have decent power Incase I do want to pull my son or something I’m leaning toward the I/O so I can have a platform on the back

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    Is a “V” drive inboard an option? (Allows the engine to sit where it is if an I/O, without all that stuff hanging off the transom.)

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    Didn't someone marinize a Subaru boxer 4? Aft mounted with a v drive would be neat.
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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    An I/O takes up internal volume and is awkward to work on; outboards get stolen. However, as a ski boat you want as few deck-level obstructions as possible, tilting the playing field towards an I/O.
    But hard core skiers will say the wake from an outboard is better.

    I/Os aren't that bad to work on, except when the mfr buries them. Well - replacing the bellows isn't a ton of fun either...
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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    Bob there was an article in WB years ago on marinizing the Subaru.
    I'd like to see one on the Subaru diesel.
    It seems the really serious skiers go for the I/O , these blokes are doing around 130MPH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARgADg32cI0 .
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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    I have had a few I/O so I’m familiar with them the v drive inboards I’m ignorant to but if that’s the best option I suppose I could figure it out

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    A v-drive is about the worst kind of engine to work on, especially in a small boat. I'd pick a sterndrive over a V-drive for that reason, and because on a river you are going to hit stuff, and the sterndrive will be more tolerant of striking stuff than will a shaft and rudder.

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    You can pull a skier with a flat bottom and a 25HP outboard.

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    Default Re: What kind of motor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Portland View Post
    Bob there was an article in WB years ago on marinizing the Subaru.
    I'd like to see one on the Subaru diesel.
    It seems the really serious skiers go for the I/O , these blokes are doing around 130MPH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARgADg32cI0 .
    Rob J.
    Ahhhh! That is...what.. SUICIDAL!!!?
    I hope they close down the river to do this.
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