Baldwin HP limit

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by tswebb71, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. tswebb71

    tswebb71 Member

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    I know the HP limit on Baldwin is 50. However, can you put the boat on the water and just use the trolling motor or are you not allowed to even have a boat on the water with a large motor?
     
  2. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Best bet would be to call DNR for clarification. My guess is a trolling motor useage only is fine.... but I seen people out there with 150hp motors. Of course, they can enjoy the fine too if caught.
     

  3. tswebb71

    tswebb71 Member

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    Thanks Brian. that was my thought too. I have been there twice (when I had a 50hp motor). There was one boat on the water that had a 90hp motor but was using his trolling motor. I have also seen boats with two motors (one small one beside the larger).
     
  4. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Some people have even been known to use, say, a 90 hp motor but take the sticker off and put on a 50 hp sticker instead..............
     
  5. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    I have seen that too Aaron.
     
  6. tswebb71

    tswebb71 Member

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    :crazy::crazy: NO WAY!!! WHO WOULD EVER DO SUCH A THING???!!! LOL!!!
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    A trolling motor only is ok to use. A gas motor up to and including 50hp can be operated on Baldwin. If anyone uses a motor larger than 50 hp. he is subject to be fined. However you can have a boat with any horsepower above 50 hp on the water and use only the trolling motor. But once the gas motor is lowered into the water you are subject to a fine.
     
  8. tswebb71

    tswebb71 Member

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    Thank you Mickey!! Much appreciated.
     
  9. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    ive heard of people doing that too:smile2:
     
  10. Don Wessling

    Don Wessling New Member

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    Be aware, putting on a smaller hp sticker may get you in more trouble. The DNR can and will run the serial # to find the hp of the engine and not only fine you but bar you from the lake.
     
  11. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    So quick, remove that sticker in general! Thanks for the heads up! :smile2:
     
  12. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    My 25hp handles Baldwin just fine (when it actually starts, that is!) :roll_eyes:
     
  13. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Your boat scares me. The whole "we are going to die" on Carlyle night... I had to throw away those pair of a pants afterwards!
     
  14. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    You can't say that night wasn't memorable! Besides, if that storm would have gotten worse, we could of just stayed the night out on the trussle or Horseshoe Island. :wink::smile2:
     
  15. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Yes... I will just keep that chalked up with your first boat and the rodeo of waves at Baldwin. Yes... it is always an excitement fishing with Aaron.
     
  16. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    Sounds like some uh..... memorable moments have been experienced when the two of you join forces. Memorable,.... I'll think I'll stick with that word!!:smile2:
     
  17. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Memorable? Brent, if you only knew...........:smile2:
     
  18. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    And sparking motors at night during a storm is amazing. Truly a beautiful fireworks display waiting to happen.
     
  19. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Nothing like getting caught on Carlyle in a good storm to see just how well the seat covers are attached to the boat seats........:smile2::smile2:
     
  20. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    even when the drift sock gets caught on the prop?