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NeverLand posted 11-24-2008 09:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for NeverLand   Send Email to NeverLand  
I'm looking to move up from my 18' 1987 Outrage and there's a 25' Outrage listed on Ebay that is offered close to where I live. The current "buy it now" price is $14,900. It is powered by twin 2002 Evinrude 150's both with approximately 300 hours. Overall, from what little one can see on ebay, and the owner's description, it looks to be a nice rig.

Thinking ahead to a possible re-power (years), it looks as though the max HP for a standard transom is 300hp. For WD, it jumps to 450. Is that a formulaic jump or does it derive from the structure of the transom?

Also, what are things I should be looking for and concerned about with this vessel?

Many thanks.

msl posted 11-24-2008 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for msl  Send Email to msl     
Check out the decks and look for soft spots. Also check out the transome. Motors should be checked for comprression, but being 2002 they should be sound with only 300 hours....
NorthShoreWhaler posted 11-24-2008 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for NorthShoreWhaler  Send Email to NorthShoreWhaler     
Check the floor deck sections to make sure they are well secured/fastened. Especially where the T-Top is mounted around the console. Ours came lose over time. The 25 is a great boat but not the best ride or real dry. Good Luck
mcq211 posted 11-25-2008 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for mcq211  Send Email to mcq211     
It's hard to tell from the pictures on ebay, but it looks like the front deck hatches may be wood. Wood hatches are sometimes an indication of a boat having had a cuddy cabin at one time - not necessarily 's a bad thing, but there will differences from a boat that started out it's life without a cuddy cabin. Wood hatch covers vs fiberglass on the front deck for instance. Wood covers look great, but will be slick when wet.

You can do a search for cuddy conversion and see an excellent example of another member's project.


mcq211 posted 11-25-2008 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for mcq211  Send Email to mcq211     
Sorry, the project that I was referring to was on a forum at WhalerCental.


ewalsh posted 11-25-2008 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for ewalsh  Send Email to ewalsh     
Also look for a structural crack just under the exterior gunnel cap about midships on (I think) the port side.

OK, just searched and found this - I think there are other articles related to this concern as well.

Peter posted 11-25-2008 07:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Those are not 2002 Evinrude 150s. They look like engines engines sold between 1994 to 1998. They could have new powerheads.
NeverLand posted 11-26-2008 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for NeverLand  Send Email to NeverLand     
Thanks, all, for the tips. Keep 'em coming...the help here is tremendous.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tohsgib posted 11-26-2008 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I just looked and it is not there...sold???
NorthShoreWhaler posted 11-26-2008 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for NorthShoreWhaler  Send Email to NorthShoreWhaler     
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