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Thread: Looking for IO plans

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Default Looking for IO plans

    So i have this quite wonderful project of an aluminum boat that im looking forward to starting. It has an inboard outboard mercruiser 165hp engine that appears to be quite sound though i havent cranked it yet. The problem i have is the boat came with no title and the transom is corroded and wood has rotted. Really, its a hull and thats it. Soooo i wonder....

    If the engine and outdrive turn out fine, id like ideas on a good open water fishing boat design. I have myself, wife and son to carry out though i like more room than less of course, and 23 ft sounds appealing. I dont plan on going out in rough chop, but you never know what you may need to come home in. I want to do serrious fishing, grouper, shark, tuna, and any sail fish as well as mahi. Id like to be able to have a cabin to get the wife and son out the weather if its too hot, or bad conditions.

    Also, i dont like going out far on one engine. Id like to have a kicker off the transom as well. Preferably somehow centered. I have a 25hp but that may be too big. Or would i be better off doing dual 165 mercs for security? I should add, it needs to be trailerable.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Default Re: Looking for IO plans

    Have a look at our website Sleek.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Blue Marble 3rd Rock From Sun

    Default Re: Looking for IO plans

    I would sell what you have and go outboard or straight inboard. I've delt with IOs for over 25 years. I like them only because I know them. They are a forever a pain in the neck when run in salt or brackish water. Mark B. does have some purdy nice modern designs. I like Atkins for the classics. What do you prefer?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Maine / New Hampshire

    Default Re: Looking for IO plans

    Bolger drew a few I/o designs for Payson and co.

    this one is 22'6"x 7' 6"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    East Quogue,NY


    165 hp is a maybe a little small for a cabin boat of 23 feet, if planing is expected.

    Ted Brewer has the Deer Isle 24


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