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new to me 16'

Unread post by coppersmythe » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:29 am

good morning all from the deep south in louisiana . i recently bought a 1990 rougeriver runner from the son of the owner ( who passed away ) . the dad lived in oklahoma , so freshwater only . closed bow with a split window . 1990 mercury 50 hp . i'm planning to repower with a new 90hp , just not sure what brand . i'll be taking the grandkids out fishing , so reliability is top priority . the deck was rotted out in the back third so i just replaced all of it( in the first photo you can see one of the rotted pieces in the forground ) . marine plywood , multiple coats of spar varnish , then nautalux for flooring ( my first time , hope i did it right ) . also had a new gas tank fabricated , the old one had too many holes . i got a guy to try and weld it , no luck . not something i want to cheap out on anyway , coppersmythe.................ps: i am also on the farmallcub.com forum under the same name , many years .
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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by SilverFox » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:24 am

Welcome to the forum!! NICE work on that boat and I'm anxious to see more pictures as you move forward in restoring. I check all IPs before approving and was surprised to see a registration request from Louisiana. Very unusual to see a Hewescraft in the deep south and I'm glad you joined us! 8-)
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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by coppersmythe » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:06 am

thank you for the support . when asked about my boat , i get that "funny look" when i say hewescraft . i think the only new boat that is legal to sell here is the Tracker brand :roll: . i've been looking for about a year on facebook market place and craigslist , but everything down here are bateaus (flatboats) or bass boats . i wanted something with high sides and strong . the first time i saw it, i knew it was the one , especially after reading up on them . i've been on the bayou twice with her , and she just handles awesome ! but , the motor has been finicky and unreliable . i dont want to start a "ford-vs-chevy" discussion . i plan to repower with a new 90HP , and wanted some input on y'alls preferences /experience . thanks , coppersmythe..................ps: she came with the top canvas , the clear side curtains , and the rear section to the floor that completely incloses the "cabin" area, all like new . :D

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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by Jim Dandy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:14 am

Excellent work, I always admire folks that are skilled fabricators, always trying to improve on my own feeble skills.

As far as a motor, you'll pretty much get the party line based on what's on the back of their own boat.

Yamaha's are the best hands down in my opinion based on a lifetime on the water.

Btw, I enjoyed my times in Louisiana during my Army year's, kool state.

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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by D'oh » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:29 pm

Outboards, Go with the Best Local Dealer, then price, and don't look back.

90hp in any brand are great mills. and 90hp will Haul A on that boat.
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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by SilverFox » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:47 am

D'oh wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:29 pm
Outboards, Go with the Best Local Dealer, then price, and don't look back.

90hp in any brand are great mills. and 90hp will Haul A on that boat.
Couldn't have said it better. 8-)
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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by coppersmythe » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:08 am

thanks for the input , sounds like good advice . basspro is 5 miles away , mercury is their motor , and a small local outboard ( excellent reputation ) sales and service business that sells evinrude and yamaha , about 15 miles , so two choices . coppersmythe.....................

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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by Bobcat93 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:32 pm

Thats a good looking boat!

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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by D'oh » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:26 pm

Bobcat93 wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:32 pm
Thats a good looking boat!
I just love the Early Hewescrafts. I don't think there would be many Lunds, Crestliners here if Hewescraft was more North America Wide in the 70's/80's.

I remember my Dad trying to replace his 18 StarCraft SS in 1983, (mostly because of Rivets) and you had a hard time findind anything without Casting Platforms even back then. By 1998 when I bought my first Larger Boat, there was nothing in a Cabin Freighting, fishable boat, but for a Lund Alaskan (tiller or side console)
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Re: new to me 16'

Unread post by StreamFixer » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:48 am

D'oh hit it on the head. Find the shop close to you that provides the best service, purchase what they carry and service.

Personally, I prefer Yamaha, however, the only brand I occasionally hear dissatisfaction about is Mercury... That being said, Everybody's mileage varies...

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