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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 6:54 am    Post subject: O/B hp?? Reply with quote

If there is an outboard (Evinrude in this case) and it says 112 SPL, can I safely assume that the horsepower is 112?
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 1:43 pm    Post subject: Safe at 112 Reply with quote

Johnson 112 HP, 4 cylinder two stroke

spl = Special

The "SPL" models were price leaders, derated from the standard model by 2 to 5HP and lacking some standard features, like power T&T and/or VRO. They were aimed at the professional watermen market.

The SPL line should not be confused with the Commercial line of outboards that OMC produced. OMC manufactured a beefed up line of outboards that generally saw lower horsepower ratings than the recreational models they were based on. For example, the V-6 Commercial was rated at 155 hp. The "big bore" V-4 was rated at 100 hp instead of the normal 120 and it was fitted with an extra large gearcase borrowed from the V-6 models. (As an aside, some of the "big bore" recreational 140 hp V-4s were also fitted with the larger gearcase.)

The SPL line was not a commercial line though because they were such a great value many commercial users bought them instead which has led to a mistaken notion they were commercial products. The fact that they were used (and still are used) in commercial applications is testimony to the durability and longevity of the basic OMC product.
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