Good Afternoon all,
I have recently acquired my father's old Volksboat with a 1957 Johnson 18hp Seahorse. I looking to restore this boat with Mercury Mark 30.
This would be my first boat project but i'm not afraid to get my hands dirty to restore my father's back to its original glory. My first question is where do I start? The motor I want to use is about 35 pounds heavier than the old Johnson. Would I need to reinforce the transom to compensate for the extra weight? It definitely needs to be repainted, and the white paint on the hull is chipping away. Any help to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
First thing I would do is make good and sure the transom is good. Light tapping with a small hammer all throughout the transom should just make solid noise. If not solid, you may need a new transom. Where are you located? Maybe someone knowledgeable about such matters could come over and give you some advice. If the transom is good, there shouldn't be a problem with the 30 unless the boat is rated for something less.