Is a 4 Stroke too heavy for a Pee Wee?

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Is a 4 Stroke too heavy for a Pee Wee?

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Hello all, I've just received my Pee Wee plans and have been sourcing my lumber/epoxy/etc. A couple newer 4-strokes popped up locally for a reasonable price and I was wondering if anyone has any insight on the maximum motor weight that would be practical for this boat?

Has anyone here put a newer 4-Stroke on a Pee-Wee? I've read through a bunch of posts and see a variety of pee wee power ranging from 5-15HP but not much in the way of motor weight or 2-stroke vs 4-stroke. Looking at the photos it's hard to tell just by the size in some cases

The first option is a 2002 Mercury 9.9HP Bigfoot 4-stroke that comes with all the electrical hookups - remote start, remote steer, throttle, and power tilt/trim. I 've also read that the bigfoot has a different gearing that's better for larger boats like a sailboat. Should I avoid this completely?

The other option is a Tiller 2006 Mercury 8hp 4-stroke that weighs 85lbs.

Any help would be appreciated

- Phil

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Re: Is a 4 Stroke too heavy for a Pee Wee?

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Tell us more. Is this Pee Wee going to be operated by adults or kids? Do you want remote steering or tiller?

I think I would look past the bigfoot 9.9. I tried a bigfoot 15hp 4 stroke on an 11' Utility and took it off immediately, too much weight and couldnt use the power. Wound up with a 2001 8hp 2 stroke, that was sweeet! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3-cupqBFmU If you can find a good one that might be a nice match.

Those late 90's and early 2000's small/lightweight Mercury and Yamaha two strokes are fantastic when you can find a nice one. They are about 10lbs lighter than the newer 4 strokes of the same power and have a lot of top end.

If going with a brand new 4-stroke I would probably try a new 6hp with the built in fuel tank. When you make the jump from 6 to 8hp is when the weight really jumps up from about 58lbs to about 85lbs.

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Re: Is a 4 Stroke too heavy for a Pee Wee?

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This Pee Wee is intended to be used by my young kids and I want to have remote steering. 9.9 is really on the top end of the power I want for this but the price of that bigfoot was awfully tempting.

Thanks for the insight, I'm far enough out that I don't need to buy anything just yet and will keep shopping around.

- Phil

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Re: Is a 4 Stroke too heavy for a Pee Wee?

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Mercury makes a 9.9 hp motor that is available in 15, 20, and 24 inch shafts. I think the PeeWee uses a 15 inch shaft. This motor is available with remote steering and controls and electric start. It weighs 84 lbs . I think the controls and fuel tank add another 20 lbs. Using a light weight battery like an Odyssey would keep weight down. Might need to hunt around for used or pop for a new one.

If you could live with tiller steering and control, you would save a lot of weight and complexity. small boats like the PeeWee lend themselves well to tiller control.

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