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  1. geeviam

    Repower Hewes 16 1994

    I have a 2017 115 SHO on my RF 16, same as Outlaw. Great motor for the late model Hewes 16, but it's 124 LBS heavier than the F70. Too heavy for DBKEYS' Bonefisher 16, IMO. Here are the actual weight specs: Yamaha F70 (1.0L): 253 Evinrude Etec 90 (1.3L): 320 Suzuki DF90A (1.5L): 343 Link to brochure here Yamaha 90 SHO (1.8L): 353 Yamaha 115 SHO (1.8L): 377
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    Repower Hewes 16 1994

    I like HoneyB's suggestion to place some weight (90 LBS) in the back of the boat and see how she floats/squats. Something to consider between the Etec 90 and Zuke 90 is that even though the Zuke is 21 LBS more, it is made with an offset drive shaft, so the weight of the powerhead is further forward than the Etec 90. The Zuke 90 will rocket your boat out of the hole like its never done before, with that 2.59:1 gear ratio. But, if you need your boat to be lighter and draft an inch or so less, the F70 Yamaha will still get the job done for you.
  3. geeviam

    Repower Hewes 16 1994

    Beautiful boat you have there! The 3- cyl 90 hp Yamaha 2-stroke looper is the best power to weight ratio outboard ever made for a lightweight flats boat. The F70 is a great motor with its 2.33:1 gear ratio, but you will miss the speed you had before. The Etec 90 is an option, like you said. If weight wasn't so critical for you, I think the Suzuki DF90A is the finest 90 hp 4-stroke ever made. It's the lightest 4-stroke 90 made.
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    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Thanks for the help Limitless! Mine has the hard black plastic corner strip on the transom top and the holes are drilled through on the bottom part of it. So far my bolt holes are 3/4" higher than everyone else. Do you run your RF 16 on Lake Lanier? I'd like to run my boat in your area, but it's not an easy drive from the Greenville area where we live. We run our boat on Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee mostly. Hartwell is close too. PM me with your email address when you get a chance. Maybe we can plan an Appalachian Redfisher Owners gathering, lol! I think there are a few more RFs in our area.
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    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Soon. I want to get it done before Spring. I will update this thread when it's finished and water tested. Thanks again for your help.
  6. geeviam

    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Thanks Mulligan! I appreciate you taking the time to check the measurement. It does look like all the 2xxx Redfishers back ends are about the same at the transom pocket. I'm not sure, but guessing the beam on the RF 21 is the same as the the RF 18, at 7'11". The beam on my RF 16 is 7'02" and the pocket is 14" front to back (setback). I should have posted this question a long time ago. Should-uh, could-uh, would-uh... 😞 It's becoming obvious that this botched bolt hole drilling has had me chasing my tail, trying to stabilize the ride and stop the prop ventilation in turns, since I took delivery of the boat. I haven't even mentioned until now that the bolt hole on the port side of the transom was drilled 1/16" higher than the starboard side, which I compensated for when drilling new holes in the 2.5" setback spacer plates I added between the 5" jack plate and the transom. A 1/16" difference might seem minor, but it made the prop off center of the keel! So, I'm running a 7 1/2" jack plate setback on my little RF 16! I did that to get the prop as low and as far back as possible, for better grip in turns. I've got to reduce some of the stern squat caused by all the motor weight hanging so far back. IMO, the RF 16 hull with the 14" setback built into the pocket, is really not designed for use with a jack plate. An ultra-light 4" Bob's Flats Jack or 4" Atlas Micro-jacker is about the most it can handle. But, I think "no jack plate" is best for minimum draft at rest, and optimal bow rise at high speed.
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    17 hpx remodel

    Where did you get the transom backing plate? MBG? Bobs Machine Shop? Great looking project. Well done!
  8. This topic has already been posted in the General Forum, but it was suggested that I should post it here in the Hewes section (Thanks Limitless!). If any Hewes RF 16 owners care to grab a tape measure and participate, it would be appreciated. Link to the other thread below: Thanks,
  9. geeviam

    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    You're right. But at this point, so long after the fact, I'll probably avoid the hassle with my dealer so far away, and just pay a professional glass man to fill in and gelcoat the holes like it never happened, and re-drill new ones.
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    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    16 3/4" is the same as my friend's 2007 RF 16. Mine is 17 1/2", with no way to lower the motor on the transom, because it's already in the top hole. No wonder I had a constant prop blowout problem in turns from day one, until I rigged a jackplate with an adjustable setback spacer to get the prop down into cleaner water. Now I want to remove the jackplate, so I'm going to have to fix this issue before remounting the motor.
  11. geeviam

    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Yep, same bolt pattern for all motors. Thanks for the help HoneyB.
  12. geeviam

    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Actually, there was not a change in the hull, just the deck and top cap. So, really, the measurements from any year will do. Just need several to verify
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    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Good idea. I'll do that when I get a chance. Thanks!
  14. geeviam

    RF 16 owners - I need a measurement - please

    Long story, but the short version is... the boat in the picture is not by boat, but the motor in the picture is my current motor. I ordered a new Guide Green boat and the dealer ordered Atlantic Blue by mistake. So, I had the dealer re-order another boat with identical specs in the correct color, and waited 8 additional weeks to get it. It was important to me that the motor was factory installed, but I found out that the dealer re-ordered just the boat and took the motor off the Atlantic Blue boat and installed it on my new Guide Green boat after it arrived from the factory. I think the motor mount holes in my transom were drilled too high by the dealer, but the only measurement comparison I have so far is with my friend's 2007 Redfisher 16. His motor mount holes are 3/4" lower than mine. I just need a measurement on a newer model RF 16 to really know. I almost refused delivery of the boat when I found out the motor was moved from the other boat, but when my wife and I went to the dealership and saw how beautiful it was, we took it home, lol.
  15. Frozen, I'm pretty sure it is designed to protect against electrolysis and corrosion when the boat is in the water, and connected to shore power - not on a lift. Here's a good explanation from Yandina, on the reasons why it's a good idea to install one: http://yandina.com/electrolysis.htm
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