This is a video of my 13 foot Boston Whaler planing out. It has a 2011 – 20 horsepower Tohatsu outboard with power tilt and electric start. I added an SE Sport Hydro Foil to the engine which also helps in faster planing. You will notice that the nose stays down while accelerating. This is due to the Hydro Foil. The Tohatsu motor cost around $3,200 via the online outboards website. A 20 horsepower is the largest engine that they will ship. Larger engines have to be installed at their location. This is the main reason I went with a 20 horse versus a little larger engine. I am very pleased with the performance of the boat and would recommend this setup to anyone. We have had 4 adults in the boat and were still able to plane quickly and run about 20 miles per hour.
The purpose of this video is to visibly show that a 20 horsepower motor will plane out a 13 foot Boston Whaler very easily.
Steven Cole – (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida, Business and Innovation – Stanford University) 40 years of boating experience. Both sail and power.