My rule with motor size is at least 3/4 of the rated capacity. If the boat is rated for 100hp, get at least a 75. And do your best to max the horsepower if possible.jrl5678 wrote: If you buy a 16' side console jon boat, from a big box store, how much engine would you put in it?
Is there someone here who will try to convince me to not buy a side console and stick with a tiller?
If I save my pennies on one thing and spend them on another what should I skimp on and what should I spend on?
A tiller boat is awesome for all that space, but if you ever troll then you'll want remote steering. I also find smaller, lighter boats are challenged with weight distribution if they are tillers.
My only real firm requirement from now on is power tilt. I would make sure whatever motor I got had power tilt. Of course if it ends up being a tiller that is less important to have, but I would not get a tiller boat.