Hardy Owners Club Forum
Hardy Pilot 20
(which engine to plane a family of 5)
From Neil Scott (No. Guest) 23 Sep 07
Hi, I am looking to buy a 1991 Hardy Pilot 20
. I have a family of 5 adults and was wondering if anyone has any advice on which engine would enable this boat to plane (all 5 on board), if it is at all possible to begin with. Any comments on past experiences or just general advice would be greatly appreciated.
From Dominic And Nicola Gribbin (No. 2252) 23 Sep 07
I would imagine you are looking at 90hp.
5 adults will be a challenge and presents boat handling issues I would imagine at planing speeds. I would be wary.
The Pilot is only (in my humble opinion) a maximum 4 adult in comfort boat. I can only speak for sea use....But I am sure many would disagree.
We have a Honda 75hp outboard set up and a while ago, when carrying two of my inlaws and ourselves (i.e 4 in total) up the Sound Of Mull we were full throttle-flat out, with tide etc but only getting 12 knots max
That really made us think about the Honda 90 as a future upgrade.
May make the difference when under load.
From Gavin Brown (No. Guest) 24 Sep 07
I have a 1991 Hardy Pilot 20 with a new (07) Honda BF75.
With 5 adults on board, I have found that she will plane at about 5000 revs[ this would be Wide Open Throttle]
, but if all are near the stern, trim tabs are almost fully deployed to bring the nose down.
Once on the plane however there is plent power to keep her up.
I struggled with the issue of the 90 or 75, but opted for the 75 due to the new 07 model (more torque & power according to Honda), and potential insurance issues....
I suppose if you were planning to use the boat with 5 adults on a regular basis, you would be looking for a bigger engine.