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Vek posted 08-18-2001 07:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for Vek   Send Email to Vek  
New to whalers in general, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for something in the 17-19 foot range with a center console, decent ride, and robust construction. My question is this: How much of a whaler can I power with a long-shaft Ficht 115? I was thinking an 18.5 outrage sounds right (more freeboard than montauk, deeper vee, more deck acreage, etc.), but I see most powered with 150s. The 115 is quite economical at high rpms, so I don't mind propping down to get them. Thoughts?
lhg posted 08-18-2001 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
An 18 Outrage will run fine with a single 115, about 40-42MPH. But it requires a 25" extra long shaft engine. If you are using your terms correctly, a long shaft is only 20" and that won't work. A 17 Outrage might be perfect for you, but it is hard to find any Whaler without an engine. You may have to sell off what's already on it.
sorcerer posted 08-19-2001 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
Newer 115 hp motors from Evinrude, Yamaha, Mercury, and Honda are now only offered in 20" and 25" give or take shaft lenghts.

Times have changed

Vek posted 08-21-2001 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Vek  Send Email to Vek     
Thanks. I was curious primarily about the 18 outrage. Wasn't aware that 20" is a long shaft, thought it was standard. We've got a 25". Again, thanks.


bigz posted 08-21-2001 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Vic, in the case of your Ficht it is a long shaft 25" and yes the 20" would be considered standard.

I would go as Larry suggested with an 18 one of the best Whalers made.

lhg posted 08-21-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Sounds like the engine manufacturers are using different conventions, which is confusing to all of us. Mercury, which I am most familiar with, uses the following:

Short shaft 15"
Long shaft 20"
Extra-long shaft 25"
Extra Extra long shaft 30"

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