Originally Posted by Nickg
Hi I'm new to all this so any advice would be greatly recieved. I have just purchased a 14ft dejon type boat. I currently own a Johnson 6hp outboard that I think can be used in conjunction with teleflex steering and throttle control, but will it be powerful enough ? My aim initially is to learn how to use it ! I was thinking i would go to Windermere and use it there to start with then maybe once I've got to grips with it all I might be abit more adventurous and take it on the sea ?
Any advice ?
When i was a kid my dad had a friend who had a Dejon, was a very good estuary boat and was powered by a 20hp Mariner, speed at full throttle (20 ish MPH) and got the boat on plane easy enough.. i can tell you about an experience we all had.
Coming out of the River Exe and around by the Harbour area in Exmouth you can get a rapid tidal race which makes it very choppy, this Dejon we were on got very unstable which was because due to the design, not a flat bottom boat but a shallow 'V'.. basically not a boat to take out in a bit of rough but perfect for an Estuary or Lake boating.
Hope this helps.