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    Posted: 01/12/2020 at 12:38am
We are looking to buy a 1989 24' Riviera Cruiser in great shape. The transom has a VERY thick treated board with a 115hp Mercury motor. It seems really solid! The deck boards look brand new and we are getting ready to take it on a test trip on the lake. 

 I do not plan on setting speed records with it as my granddaughter and us both enjoy the slow easy roll of a boat. BUT, we get off and on severe storms here in Northern Arkansas (Where we would use the boat mostly is where the duck went down last year, lord bless their souls) really quickly with no warning and I would love the extra hp to get out of any pickles. 

The gentleman seeing it is a very reputable member of our community (Chief of police) and has numerous boats and has had this one for 6 years and just does not use it that much since his kids have moved out.


My question is this: The capacity plate is really worn and I "Believe" that it says 90hp on it. Will I run into issues with the 115hp on it?

THANKS SO MUCH!!


Edited by ander12 - 01/12/2020 at 1:22am
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Welcome aboard! You may want to consider trading the larger motor in for a newer smaller motor if you don't need all that power. You would have less weight, better gas mileage, and would be under the hp limitations. If you are over for what the boat is rated for an insurance company may not cover a circumstance if something should occur. A 90 or even a 60 hp Mercury bigfoot would move that boat along nicely.Smile
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