I think you will enjoy it. If you want to throw a little more $$ at it, be aware that most/all new motors with computer controllers have the capability to output engine data to a display. I have a "gauge" on my dash that shows tachometer, speed, temp, voltage, fuel economy (MPG) and fuel remaining. The general technology used is called NMEA 2000, and in Suzuki's case they refer to it as SMIS.
I think you'll be happy with the default propeller that comes on the motor, but if you're interested I have a couple alternatives I could loan you for testing.
jmhyatt and GB, thanks to you both for your guidance and sharing your personal experience. I just picked up a 25HP Suzuki DF25ATS...PTT and controls. At the shop now getting installed. I wish it was something I could do myself, but would rather leave it for the professionals. With this being my first boat and having restored everything to this point myself, I guess I can't complain much about forking over the dough to have the motor rigged properly. This is the final piece of this 3 month restoration...thanks again for the help.
I'm currently installing the new Yamaha 25HP 4 stroke. I literally put it on the transom today
It "looks" pretty good actually, with a size similar to my 1955 Big twin
The new controls are quite huge but I think I found a decent way to set it up.
All the cables (shift and electric) and gas line come out at the same location, which is much easier to route cleanly
Note that with that 4 stroke, the break-in period is supposed to be 8 hours...
I will put the boat in the water towards the end of May and will report then
All three are electric start. I bought mine 3 years ago without PTT, but afterwards Suzuki quit selling the non-PTT version. Both the Vagabonds have PTT. I believe the PTT adds about 19 lbs weight, and if I had it to do over, I would probably choose it.
Jeff, thanks for this info...so very helpful. Out of curiosity, are the df25s you speak of standard models or do either of you have electric start or PTT (particularly the latter, as I think PTT adds a bit of weight)?
Thanks Sean62...good reference material. Seems the motors I am looking at are roughly 25-50 lbs heavier than what you have shown below. Has anyone out there replaced original motor with something more modern? If so, what size and any issues rigging or in operation post install?
Hi there; I thought some of this weight information might help you decide or at least give you an idea of motor weights in 1956,57 and 58 that would no doubt have been used on Feathercrafts. I have a 57 Ranger 111 and it is rated for a 35 H.P.
1956 30 hp weight RD18 112 lbs. RDE18 30 hp 126 lbs
RJE18 30 hp 128lbs
1957 35 hp
RD19 123 lbs; RDE19 134 lbs;RJE19 126 lbs.
1958 35 hp; RD19C 123 lbs; RDE19C 129 lbs ; RDS20 138 lbs.
This data was taken from the Johnson Service Manual 10th Edition.
Hope it help you decide re appropriate comparable motor weights.
Hi there. I am just about finished restoring a 1956 Ranger II and am looking for motor. I have a 25HP in mind and while I'm certain the HP is not an issue I am wondering if there is any issue with motor weight when selecting an outboard. Any help is appreciated. Looking at the various 4 strokes out there, weights range between 150 and 165 lb.