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Have 115 Ficht, need boat
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posted 08-18-2001 07:35 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 08-18-2001 08:05 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 08-19-2001 12:11 PM ET (US)
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
posted 08-21-2001 04:01 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 08-21-2001 04:23 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 08-21-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)
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"
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