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sarasotasteve posted 11-26-2002 05:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for sarasotasteve   Send Email to sarasotasteve  
Have a chance to get out from under I/O headache with offer of leftover 2002 255 Conquest w/ single Opti 225. My concern is that the this 4900-lb boat will be underpowered.

I'm not a speed demon,nor travel far offshore but would appreciate opinions. Also I've read many horror stories about this engine, particularly 2001 models. What is the current buzz? Have the problems been fixed?

Barry posted 11-26-2002 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
I've got no actual experience with that combo but I don't think that one 225 would be enough. The minimum recommended HP is 225. Since the max is 450 you could always purchase a 2nd 225 (counter rotating of course) ;-)

I think I would go for a test drive with a few friends and see how it performs.

Good luck!

lhg posted 11-26-2002 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Also agree with Barry - Wouldn't touch that size boat with a big single. Even on a Classic 25 outrage, with only weighs 3300#, a single 225 is marginal. On that big Conquest, it would be inadequate.

Remember JD Powers says the #1 reason Buyers
are unhappy with their boat is underpowering.
They recommend an outboard powered boat be within 10% of full rating.

The 30" 225 Opti single won't work as a twin unless you use a jack plate to lift it up, since the boat is designed for twin 25" engines. Making such a conversion is a big expense for the Dealer (or you). He'll problably just hang on to the boat until an unsuspecting buyer comes along. He now knows he made a mistake ordering the boat this way, trying to keep the price cheap.

BW23 posted 11-27-2002 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
I bought a used 97 23 Conquest w/ single 225 and I happy with the performance. A single 225 on a 255 ?? Way underpowered.
jimh posted 11-29-2002 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC, was, ironically considering the responses received, "New Wailer w/225 Merc Opti's"--jimh.]

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