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Switch from single to twin ob's?
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posted 01-06-2002 05:20 PM ET (US)
Have a 23 Outrage with a single 225. Am thinking of converting to twin 135's, an option Whlaer provides with new boats. Anyone ever do something like this and any downside to making this switch?
posted 01-06-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)
As long as the significant cost of this repowering, and re-rigging, is in your budget, I would do it. Once you run a twin engine Outrage (I have two, so I'm biased here) you'll never be happy with a single again. The additional gains in control of the boat in big seas, plus the reliability & "get home" factor, more than makes up for the slight decrease in efficiency.
I hear the 135 Optimax's you are considering are the best, and cleanest, of all the DFI engines. You might want to get in touch with Clark Roberts for first hand owner's feedback on this engine. They (and it's 150Hp cousin) are about the only DFI's that have not had problems to date, of any manufacturer. Just remember, the word with the Merc Opti's, from the service guys, is run them hard frequently (+4500RPMs), to avoid any carbon build up, the main DFI killer. Then they'll last forever.
posted 01-06-2002 09:41 PM ET (US)
I have a 23 with twin 135's.With it trimmed
out just right it will do about 45mph.
According to the gauges I'm burning 14gph
at 4200 rpms/35mph.I've had the outrage
just over a year and go fishing/boating
as much as possible.
Good luck! Ed Stone
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