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Skipper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-25-2019

Alumacraft Escape 165 power

Hello, I'm looking at buying a side console 165. Wondering what guys are running them with for power. Max hp rating is 50. But some packages come with a 30 Etec, wondering how the performance is? There is quite a weight and cost difference from a 30 to a 40 or 50. Thanks

Admiral
Posts: 8,434
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

The 30 hp is minimum to install and that keeps the price down. If you fish with several people or will use it on a large body of water, the 40 HP Evinrude E-TEC may be the best combination of price and performance. It is almost as fast as the 50 HP and gives much better load carrying performance than a 30 HP.

If possible, see if you can get a test ride in one before you make up your mind.

 

 

 


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Skipper
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎02-03-2019

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

i run the 40 etec on my 145 escape.fully loaded i'm hitting right on 30 mph at wot.i think off the top of my head i have the 15 pitch prop. i wouldn't even consider the 30.the 40 puts me right in the sweet spot for what i use the boat for.

Skipper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-25-2019

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

Thanks guys, I went with the 40.

Admiral
Posts: 8,434
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

Great choice.

Let us know how it performs for you.

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


Skipper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-25-2019

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

Runs great with the 40. 41 km/h at 5000 rpm.

Captain
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Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

If 5000 is your maximum rpm reached with the motor trimmed then you have too much pitch in the prop. "Over propping" causes a higher load on the engine, burns more fuel and oil, and can cause spark plug fouling at trolling speeds. It should be able to turn 5500 rpm.
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Skipper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-25-2019

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

OK thanks. It was first time running it and I didn't max it out yet.

Skipper
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎04-23-2019

Re: Alumacraft Escape 165 power

Just to assure you that the 40 was the right choice......

 

i have a 16 ft Duranautic side console that weighs in about 125 lbs less than your boat. With the 30 hp at full throttle I hit 25 mph. I wish I had gone with a 40.