2001 Ventura 21

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roundle1979
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2001 Ventura 21

Postby roundle1979 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:16 am

Hi All. I'm new to Continuous Wave. I'm looking for a good, safe runabout for my young family (preferably with a capacity of at least 10). Planning to use the boat mostly within Long Island Sound.

I'm looking at a 2001 Ventura 21 with its original 225 OptiMax with just under 100 hours.

Hoping you guys can help me answer a few questions:

Q1. Is the 2001 Ventura 21 the same hull as the later Ventura 210?

Q2. This boat spent most of its life on a covered dry dock. Anything specific on the Ventura 21 hull that I should watch out for?

Q3. Has anyone ever installed an auxiliary' engine on a 21 Ventura? I'm not planning to use for fishing; rather, want it in the event that the Mercury has a problem

Q4: Would 8 to 9-HP be sufficient?

Q5. The outboard: Aside from lower unit fluid changes, fuel filters, and spark plugs, the 100 hour engine has not had any major services. Anything that I should have looked at? Will likely re-power with Yamaha / Suzuki / Honda 4-stoke in the coming years.

Q6. Where can I buy replacement bow cushions?

Q7. Where can I buy replacement bow-cover, bimini, mooring cover?

Q8: Recommend going directly through BW or is there a good quality OEM?

Really appreciate your help and insight. Thanks--Mike

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Re: 2001 Ventura 21

Postby jimh » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:35 am

roundle1979 wrote:Q4: Would 8 to 9-HP be sufficient?


A4: Yes.

roundle1979 wrote:Q5. The outboard: Aside from lower unit fluid changes, fuel filters, and spark plugs, the 100 hour engine has not had any major services. Anything that I should have looked at?


A5: I recommend you locate a local Mercury dealer. Visit the dealelrship. Speak to the service manager. Inquire if their service shop is expert, skilled, and experienced in the service and routine maintenance of a c.2001 Mercury OptiMax. If they do not express confidence, look for another dealer. Many Mercury dealers avoided selling the OptiMax. A c.2001 engine is an early production engine. In c.2006 Mercury announced a new generation of those engines. The OptiMax is a complicated engine, with

    --separate belt driven alterntor and bracket;

    --separate belt driven air boost pump;

    --the pulleys, tensioner, and idler associated with the belt;

    --dual injectors for each cylinder, one an air injector and one a fuel injector;

    --substantial fuel rails which carry the pressurized fuel to the injectors.

Unless a mechanic is specially trained and has experience with these engines, it would be unlikely he would be of much help in providing service.

In c.2002 there was a rather significant event in which a number of OptiMax engines failed. See
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/003763.html
and
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/011499.html

Also, be certain to use the recommended Mercury brand oil in the engine. Note, a fellow with a c.2004 engine ran his for over 3,000-hours without a major problem.

roundle1979 wrote:Q6. Where can I buy replacement bow cushions?

Q7. Where can I buy replacement bow-cover, bimini, mooring cover?

Q8: Recommend going directly through BW or is there a good quality OEM?


A6, A7, A8: You can buy replacement upholstered seat cushions from an authorized Boston Whaler dealer. If you local dealer is not interested in this sort of after-sale support, contact Twin Cities Marine in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, TEL: (920) 793-2715.

For aftermarket sources of upholstered cushions see the REFERENCE section article on RECOMMENDED VENDORS, Here is a hyperlink: http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/OEM.html#upholstery

Boat covers in the c.2001 epoch may have been made by GREAT LAKES BOAT TOPS. Inquire with them. Compare at

https://greatlakesboattop.com/products.html?find=boston-whaler-2001-21-ventura-bimini-outboard-option-25143&sid=l6u7M4ixyN

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Re: 2001 Ventura 21

Postby jimh » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:00 pm

roundle1979 wrote: I'm looking at a 2001 Ventura 21 with its original 225 OptiMax with just under 100 hours.


For an engine to have only been run 100-hours in about 18-years of use is very unusual. The boat and engine may have very little use, and if they have been sitting for a long time without use, there could be problems, such as: old fuel in the fuel tank, old oil in the oil tank, lack of proper long-term storage preparation leading to internal rust, water pump impeller stiff and not working. (Mercury water pump impellers generally are recommended for ANNUAL change.)

I very strongly recommend you have a sea trial, start the engine from a cold start, and assess how it is running in its present condition.

roundle1979
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Re: 2001 Ventura 21

Postby roundle1979 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:04 pm

jimh wrote:For an engine to have only been run 100-hours in about 18-years of use is very unusual.
Thanks for input. Indeed, a low-hour boat.

Yes, will have authorized dealer have a look before I depart with any of my hard-earned...