Portable Gas Tanks And Grandpa's Motor

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by A.A., Jan 8, 2017.

  1. A.A.

    A.A. Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    774
    Likes Received:
    413
    Location:
    Roseburg, OR
    So my grandpa gave me his hardly used 1993 long shaft 15 hp Mercury 2-stroke. Weighs only 71 lbs (compared to today's 9.9 hp 4-strokes which come in at 90-100 lbs). He bought it new and used it only a few times on the Chetco. He's been trying to give me this for years. I picked it up last time we visited, and he's really excited I'll be putting it to use when I get my DB. I look forward to taking him out, and at 86 years old, I don't know how many more trips he has in him.
    Guides around here really love these motors, and a couple asked if I would be willing to sell it. Just got a stand for it and am taking it in for service tomorrow. He scratched his initials into the cowling, and still had the original manual. I'll always have grandpa with me on the river.
    image.jpeg

    So...
    I'm shopping for a 3-gallon tank to go with this motor and am reading horrible things about how you can't get a good tank anymore because the EPA got involved. Are there any good ones you recommend that you've had success with? Or should I try to find an old tank?
     
    jake-e-boy and River Pig like this.
  2. MT_Flyfisher

    MT_Flyfisher Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2011
    Messages:
    424
    Likes Received:
    339
    Location:
    Emigrant, MT
    I have a 6hp Mercury that is 6 or 8 years old. It came with a poly type of can, complete with a hose, bulb pump, and connector to the motor. I've never had any trouble with it. I think it is about a 3 gallon can and you can buy one like it online or from mercury dealers.

    By the way, do you have a specific drift boat in mind that will handle a 15 hp motor?
     
    A.A. likes this.
  3. A.A.

    A.A. Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    774
    Likes Received:
    413
    Location:
    Roseburg, OR
    I'll check with the Marine shop tomorrow to see what they recommend as far as a tank and hose. Just read the reviews on the tanks available and you'll see what is being said about these newer tanks and how bad they are.

    I've seen quite a few DB w 15 hp 2-strokes. Many people prefer them. Of course not for a higher top speed, just a little more kick getting a boat with 3 people and gear back upstream to re-fish a run. I don't think any of these boats state they are rated for over 10 hp. But a lot of people run them, including my grandpa! The boat is aluminum, 17'. I've seen 16' w 15 hp 2-strokes on them. The 1993 15 hp 2-stroke weighs only 2 lbs more than the 1993 8 hp and 9.9 hp 2-strokes. You don't have to ever use full throttle, but it's there if you need it to move upstream if your boat is appropriately balanced. All this info is what I've gathered from the guides I've spoken to. I'm new when it comes to motors and only have experience rowing my own 2-person pontoon and my friends DB. I can't claim to be an expert. I do know that people run these motors and that my grandpa gave me his. Cool.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017
    Greg Armstrong likes this.
  4. Penobscot

    Penobscot Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2014
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    437
    Location:
    Fire Lake
    That motor will be great. As you said, lighter than a 4 stroke and HP won't be an issue. It may just push water more at full throttle, but if so just back it off.
     
    bennysbuddy and A.A. like this.
  5. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    Messages:
    1,703
    Likes Received:
    543
    Location:
    Lemoore, CA
    RGS Boat.jpg My buddy who guides on the Kenai uses one (motor) on his Willie, can't remember if it's a 19 or 21' boat but it's big. IIRC the motor is a 4 stroke, 10-15hp. He uses it to cross 5 miles of open water on Skilak lake where the Kenai flows into the lake to the take-out. Winds can whip up fast and furious off the glaciers and kill people every year. We lucked out with calm weather and just a bit of chop the last mile or two but that motor pushed that big pig easily.