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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 06 Oct 2022 21:39 #122987

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What are you looking to get for the 35hp Evinrude?
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 04 Oct 2022 02:01 #122965

While vintage motors are what look best on a Feathercraft, there is a reason that two strokes are no longer being made. They are incredibly polluting. A 1997 study concluded that they were by far the greatest source of pollution in US lakes and rivers. They were dumping the equivalent of 15 Exxon Valdez spills into  American waters every year. In addition to being quieter, more fuel efficient, and more reliable, modern four strokes are 98 percent cleaner.  No one should feel apologetic about running one.
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 01 Oct 2022 23:04 #122912

Love this setup!
any details? I would like to copy this setup for my 56 vagabond 2. Thank you! Great merc





Also look into the Tohatsu 30 hp short shaft with tilt and trim.

We are seeing them on Feather Crafts and they look to be running great. 
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 01 Oct 2022 22:12 #122911

Love this setup!
any details? I would like to copy this setup for my 56 vagabond 2. Thank you! Great merc
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 14 Feb 2022 17:42 #117728

After many years of wishing I was on the water, I finally broke down and put a 25hp Mercury 4 stroke on. I still have the 58big twin with controls if anyone is interested plus a spare parts motor.

Hate to go modern but I just want to enjoy the boat, very pleased!
 
The Evinrude "looks" nice.  Was it giving you problems?

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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 14 Feb 2022 01:25 #117698

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Well not everytime but they are certainly reliable..

it comes down to what a guy/gal needs. I wouldn’t be ashamed of new or old as long as it’s on the water having memories!! 

feathercrafts look good with anything on them:)
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 14 Feb 2022 00:52 #117693

A new motor starts every time and is not likely to get you stranded.
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 13 Feb 2022 21:56 #117690

There are several Vagabonds with 4-stroke 25HP Suzuki's on them at our Arrowhead gatherings.  I have the same Suzuki on my Deluxe Runabout.  I can touch 30 mph in my DR when I'm alone in the boat with everything just right.  Under more typical conditions I expect a solid 28 mph from it.  I've run alongside one of the Vags for comparison, and we are about neck & neck, so they're getting 27-28 mph from their Vag with the 25 Zuke.

One of the nice side-benefits of a modern motor is that they all have options for digital instrumentation, displaying engine data similar to what's available for a modern car.  I see water speed (with an added paddlewheel sensor), RPM, temp, oil pressure, and instantaneous MPG from my motor on a dashboard display.
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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 13 Feb 2022 20:35 #117688

I find your almost apologetic post for putting a modern 4stroke on your boat familiar, I felt much the same, but having environmental asthma I had no choice if I wanted to enjoy the boat. Took my Honda 25 long shaft off my LUND fishing boat and converted it to short shaft with a seized donor motor. Wanted a bigger motor for the LUND so it worked out well. I believe my boat will run close to 30 MPH but feels faster in my Vagabond 2 with no windshield….

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Vagabond rides again with a 4 stroke 10 Feb 2022 18:03 #117546

Hello,

I have a 1956 Vagabond 2 and I am looking for a new Mercury 25 HP... Saw this post!
Exact setup I want to do... What exactly did you order to get the setup you got? I have 2 daughters and we want a setup like this!
Thank you & Respectfully 
Keith

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