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Hemlock-Canadice Motor Size Clarification


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2 strokes are a pain in the butt, they do stink, and   can get tough to start when they get a few years on them, I agree.. However as stated, there are a LOT of good running 2 strokes out there still performing well. and still good viable powerplants for many of us boaters/fishermen...  As I said also, there are a LOT of good solid boats still around that were not designed to take the size and weight of a 4 stroke on the transom... Ditch those  as well?...

 Many good fishermen and boaters are in   no  position to pay $10K for a new 100 HP 4 stroke, and typically would buy a decent running older 2 stroke for $1000-1500 instead...
 I like 4 strokes personally, but for the price, size, and weight,  the power  isn't that impressive compared to a dirty old 2 cycle.....One day, you will have your way, and the changeover to 4 strokes will be much more complete, but that should happen when boaters and fishermen decide... NOT when  some big government bureaucracy   dictates it... Thats what you are advocating, perhaps without realizing it.... bob

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Bob I understand how you feel about your 2 stroke engine. there might be a lot of old two strokes left. most of them are on there last leg. once your old 2 stroke dies. what's left.  I agree the 4 strokes are big and heavy on an older boat. I have 1989 Lund boat with a Mercury 115 hp 6 cyl that weighs about 300 pounds. the transom can carry about 400 pounds. back in 1989 that boat was rated for a 130 hp motor. I feel your pain about paying 10 grand for a new motor. at my age it make no sense to pay that much money for a new boat and motor. I figure I have only 2 to 5 years left to fish. after that I will find a new hobby and enjoy life a different way. if you need a new motor soon. look on your boat decal and look for the weight on your transom can carry. my case I could not go with the 100 hp 4 stroke I probably go with a motor that weighs about 250 pounds. my transom will handle this with no problem. probably 70 hp motor. you do the same thing. no need to worry. the problem with us old farts. the world is changing everyday. we don't change with it. I'm not pushing for this new boat law. its here already. a lot of small lakes up in Canada already banned 2 stroke motors  its coming here to the states soon. big corporation don't tell us how to live technology does. big corporations follow where the money goes and they build it. the problem with our society we have drifted to far to the left. we drove out all our business to have a socialist economy in our state. to many people are living off the backs of our people that want to work. thats why our people can't go out and buy a new boat and motor. the economy in this state is broke because we have to many taxes and regulation that make no sense at all. 

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I fish the lake often sometimes 2-3 times a week in the summer. The launch last year was awful. At times I would wait 45 min. or more just to get either in or out of the water.  The main issue was the canoe and kayakers.  They would pull their vehicles down on the launch and block it for others to get in.  Some would park right in the ramp. At times there were 6 or more kayaks lined up on the shore with no people in them resulting in no way to launch or take your boat out of the water.  Please note that the DEC opened up a kayak and canoe launch just south of the the north end launch.  There is a trail to walk down directly across from the parking lot.  With the shallow water  and the south end launch being useless it will be especially hard for boaters and fisherman to launch and pull their boats. 

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