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duckduckgoose posted 07-02-2001 02:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for duckduckgoose   Send Email to duckduckgoose  

Thinking of re-powerng my 84 22 OR. It is mint W/a 1999 Merc. 200 offshore(carb). I only have the 77 gal tank and feel limited in range. I do 34-35mph@ 4100rpms and think I burn too much. I guess@ 12-14gph from what I got in feedback from this forum. The motor I have has less than75 hrs on it so I was thinking of selling it to re-powe W/ a 225 merc optimax. Would it be a big enough diff. in economy/power to justify the spending?
Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
No way! The motor you have is probably only worth $4-5k used, probably less. You will have to burn a LOT of gas to make up that kind of money($12k for Opti). It is debatable whether or not the opti vs reg is orth it in general. Witha $3k dif in price, it will take about 600 hours to break even, plus the oil is double the price on opti's. the spark plugs cost $200 and if you read the post under optimax's you will probably never buy one. Stay with what you have, if you only run 25hs year, who cares about mpg. Lower your cruise to 38-3900 and I think you will burn much less and only lose 2 mph.
Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
PS put a 27 pate tank under the seat if you have the flip/flop.
duckduckgoose posted 07-02-2001 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckduckgoose  Send Email to duckduckgoose     
Thanks for making me think like reasonable person again!!!! I was considering a spare Pate tank but wonder if it'll fit under the leaning post. I need to fix my damm fuel guage! I am always going out in space to spend money! I was recently wondering if my boat had enough capabilities to venture out and after this weekend of being out in the gulf of mexico in 5+' choppy angry seas and handling it quite well I think I'll wait for awhile toindulge in foolish spending.
Wild Turkey posted 07-02-2001 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     

Before you even think about a 2001 Optimax in the higher horsepowers, read this thread in the Post-Classics section:

There seems to be some serious issues with those motors. It is a long thread but there is some great information in there.


Peter posted 07-02-2001 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

Figure at a minimum that your OR gets 2mpg so your 77 gallon tank is good for about 150 miles. Using the rule of thumb 1/3 out, 1/3 back, 1/3 reserve, you can go out about 50 miles from your home port.

Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That is land miles, so count on 2/3 that, get the Pate tank or Tempo before going more than 30+. Just FYI. We do 50-60 in my buds 23 Seacraft but he holds 175 and that is a nice feeling. I personally would like at least 100 to run that trip.

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