Outdoors Angle: Properly Match Your Boat And Motor

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     As many anglers get their boats ready for the upcoming open water season, a lot of purchases are made for new equipment including new boats and motors. I can't emphasize enough the importance of matching the proper outboard with your boat. Anglers tend to want to save a few bucks so they under power their boats. A good example is a boat that is rated for a 150 HP motor and the angler puts on a 115 HP motor to save a thousand dollars. This motor is vastly under powered and you won't notice it until you get two more people in the boat plus some coolers and full fuel tanks. It can be very disappointing as it will hardly plane. Once you realize the mistake, it takes a few thousand dollars to make the upgrade to the recommended motor. Keep in mind an under powered outboard has to work twice as hard to keep up and thus prematurely wears out and sucks a double amount of gas. Do yourself a favor and make the right call... always go with the maximum recommended horsepower according to the sticker on the boat. I had this happen to me one time and I never made the same mistake again.

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.