DBKEYS Posted January 16, 2020 Report Share Posted January 16, 2020 Original owner 16' 1994 Hewes Tournament Bonefisher still with original 90 hp 2 cycle Yamaha, now aging. Looking at Repower options, hydraulic steering and few other upgrades. Have seen a few rebuilds and repowers on here but not much in longer term followup. Would appreciate any comments about engines, performance etc., or any other recommendations. Leaning towards Yamaha 70 same weight(as I have had such good fortune with many Yamahas) or etec 90 for 60 lbs more. Concerned that more weight would not be good on this small boat and scuppers would be always wet. Boat usually used with two people, rarely 3 or 4 if light. Boat has been in the lower Keys and stays under a house and with a full cover. Has even been through a few hurricanes including Irma eye. Boat has been absolutely fantastic with no major issues ever. Usual wear and tear but pristine for age. Boat handles chop extremely well and have made many trips from lower Keys to Boca Grande and back, 70-80 mile days in a 16". No fuel tank problem but trailer is rusting out. With myself aging use more with Bimini. Use mostly for snapper and tarpon fishing, as well as shallow water cruising and beaching. This Hewes has been the best bang for the buck ever and just fun to run. Also feel very safe in this boat. Cannot speak highly enough about the boat and design. Any repower info greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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