Forum members that have reviewed my 170 re-power will know that I use this boat for a lot of water sports and pulling two skiers up from deep water starts. I spoke at length with the dealer and he agreed the 150HP FOURSTOKE or the Verado Four-Cylinder 200-HP would not provide the bottom end I need. I have read through the Boston Whaler performance charts for each factory installed engine option and I think the OptiMax would perform closest to the Verado Pro Fourstroke six-cylinder while also being 130-lbs lighter on the transom.
[Give me your] thoughts: how will this 210 Montauk and OptiMax combination perform against the other Mercury engine options for my purpose?
[Will it have] the ability to get the boat on plane quickly and pull up larger water skiers?
Also, what propeller might be a good starting point?
I have not read of a 210 Montauk that has been powered by an OptiMax before.
Model Liters Lbs Ratio RPM Range
FourStroke 150 3.0 455 1.92 5000-5800
Verado 200 1.7 510 2.08 5800-6400
Verado Pro 200 2.6 635 1.85 5800-6400
OptiMax 200 3.0 505 1.75 5500-6000