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GAwhale posted 06-12-2001 12:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
I keep my Montauk at West Point Lake (South of Atlanta). It is Bass Boat heaven. I'm not a fisherman and it's actually quite a nice lake. I'm always amazed at the sheer size of the outboards on the bass boats. I believe the largest I've seen thus far is a 250. Ranger seems to be one of the top of the line (I'll still take my Whaler over those sparkly metal flake looking boats). A co-worker told me that an outboard manufacturer is coming out with a 300 Horse Power. Has anyone ever heard of it? Would it be feasible on a Whaler?

I've heard two reasons of logic:
1.) The fish swim fast.
2.) You want to be the first one out to your favorite fishing spot at the beginning of a tournament.
I suspect a third reason: Pure Bragging Rights.

I noticed at the weigh in that the fish must be live. Once weighed they are put in a jacuzzi looking tank with oxygen pumped in to revitalize them; then released (very smart).

I've pulled out at the end of a weigh in. You have about 15 boats all pulling out at once. They usually work in two man teams and all drive pick up trucks. They don't mess around and block the ramp (three traiers wide). They are real pros. The individuals whom I have spoken with are very courteous fellow boaters.

reelescape1 posted 06-12-2001 12:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
OMC used to have a 300hp...Merc has one now. The last King tourney we fished here in Chas. SC there was a 29'(?) Yellowfin with twin Merc. 300's. Very fast!!
gf posted 06-12-2001 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

The old Johnson V-8 outboard was rated at 300 HP and Mercury has 300 HP V-6 outboards available now.

A stock 21' Triton bass boat with the Merc 300 will top out at around 82 MPH. Hmmm... I wonder how that engine would do on a 23' Outrage?

OutrageMan posted 06-12-2001 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Actually this topic has got the old hampster running on its wheel in my head...

I had thought about twin Yamaha counter rotating 150's (merc does not make a 20" shaft in this model).

I went to the Merc website and took a look at the 300 model. Wouldn't you know that it comes in a 20" shaft!!!!

Now all I need to do is to convince my wife that my Yamaha 250 that runs like a sewing machine is really an old clunker and needs to be replaced or people will die while onboard. However, I have already violated rule # 23 of boating:

"23) Never tell your spouse how good something is with your boat. When something better comes along, they wont let you get it because of past bragging about your current equipment."

Brian

"Son of the Great Harpoon"

lhg posted 06-12-2001 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Mercury's "Darth Vader" 300HP hi-performance engine has been out for 2 years now. Recently saw a picture of a black hulled BW 27 Challenger (CPD) with a pair of these. I think it's a patrol boat in Hong Kong.

It's built on the same conventional 2 stroke block as the 225/250 EFI's, non Optimax.

It's quite pricey, and requires 92 Octane fuel. Definitely not for trolling. I've seen quite a few of these in SE Florida. Very popular with the go-fast crowd.

Your 22 WD requires twin 25" shaft CR engines, incidentally. If you're looking at twin 150's & speed, avoid Yamaha, the slowest of the bunch, and look at OMC or Merc. The 60 degree OMC 150's really run, if you can find them any longer. If you're not looking at top speed, I'll bet a pair of Yamaha or Merc 115 4 strokes would be super on your boat.

Bullbay posted 06-13-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bullbay  Send Email to Bullbay     
GaWhaler - Have you seen the old 15' Whaler that is used as a tow boat at the Highland Marina? They keep it over with the rental boats. I was striper fishing down there a couple of months ago and I think you have the most fish per square foot of any lake around. It was incredible! The largest hybrid we caught was 12lbs, the rest were in the 6 to 10 lb range. We kept a few to eat and released the rest (about 150).
Whaletosh posted 06-13-2001 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
How about a 300 HP motor that waeighs about 250 Lbs?

Naother one of those factoids cluttering up my brain is that Mecrury is wroking on just such an animal. It uses a Rolls Royce or Pratt and Whitney gas turbine. Atmittadly it is for the military presumably for use by the Seals and Marines.

GAwhale posted 06-13-2001 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Bullbay-I keep my boat at Highland Marina. It's great, covered boat storage is $75 per month. I did see an old center console boat in the water that looks kind of like a Whaler, however it is longer than 15 feet. It has no insignia (I don't think it is a Whaler). There is a 15 Whaler on a trailer that has seen better days. I understand the restaurant serves up some pretty good burgers if you ever go back.

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