Hello to all;
I've been working on my '60 Texas Maid Fiesta Aluminum boat. It's manufacturer rated for 80 hp, but has no Coast Guard rating. I put a strong '67 Evinrude V-4 80hp Speedifour on it, and I'm about ready to put it in the water.
Has anyone actually run one of these with all 80 horses?
Anyone have any history on, "Texas Maid"? I'm out west, and this is the only one I've seen.
Any thoughts appreciated.
What are your concerns with the 80 hp? Being that its the max the boat was rated for when it was new, or the fact that 50 year old rivits might not be up to the task? Or related to the balance of the heavy v-4 on a [relatively] light weight aluminum hull?
I'm ceertainly no expert, but that boat looks like it has enough freeboard, and a deep vee, that would have been stable on the water with the 80.
Of course just start out slow and safe, and you'll be having such a blast, you'll have that throttle nailed in about two minutes. Enjoy her safely, and let us know how she runs.
Many thanks to all for the support!
Nice boat Shel!
I'm only worried about the transom. It's a 15" transom, and the wood is bow-tie shaped. The wood covers little of the actual transom.
The motor is really strong, and newly reconditioned; very low hours. Sounds like a 60's Chevelle when I crank it.
I agree, the rest of the hull looks fine.
I'll take pictures, and will report back on my experiment!
We had a 18' Tahiti in our family for over 20 years. It's basically the same boat, only 2 ft longer and one more porthole per side. Over the years, it has had a 80hp West Bend, an 85 Johnson and a 85 Evinrude. You should have no problems running that motor. [img][IMG]http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr293/paulfranken/655887-R1-10-10_011-1-1-1.jpg[/img]