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steelhead5 posted 08-10-2003 12:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for steelhead5   Send Email to steelhead5  
I almost bought an 18' outrage yesterday. Thought I was getting a steal at $8500, with good trailer. But I have 2 questions. One, Can my Isuzu rodeo rated at 4500 pounds towing really safely drag this thing around, or should I be more looking at a Montauk 17?
Second, the hull had lots of dings (Maybe 15) where the gel coat was cracked and had flaked off. The glass underneath looked good in all the spots, and it appeared to be just cosmetic damage. hull needed to be repainted, new rub rail, and teak refinished. The boat had a pair of old yamaha 50's and ran well, but clearly would need to be repowered within a year or 2.

Everyone tell me what you think. Help Help. Im especially concerned about the towing of this boat.

jimh posted 08-10-2003 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would be surprised if an 18-Outrage rig weighed more than about 3500 lbs. total on a trailer. I am not familiar with the vehicle you mention, but in general, for towing, you want as many cubic inches of displacement as possible and a wheelbase on the tow vehicle as long as possible. Towing with a hyped up small displacement engine that gets into its rated horsepower at 7,000 RPM is not going to work. And a short wheelbase stubby little SUV is not the way to go, either.

You should have brakes on the trailer. I can tell immediately when stopping if the surge brakes are working or not on my trailer. (The actuator pivot is a bit rusty this summer and I need to grease it.) With no brakes on the trailer it is a much harder beast to stop.

A decent vehicle with 4300 pound rating should be OK.

How far are you planning to tow on a routine basis?

lhg posted 08-11-2003 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Vehicle should easily handle the load. Most 18 Outrages do not have brakes on the trailers, nor does mine, although they would be nice.

Twin fifties on the boat would not be good, unless you like beating the daylights out of them, which may have already happened. That's like running a single 90 on it. To get any decent speed at all, you'll be running 5000rpms. Consider repowering mandatory.

This idea that it's real cool to put a pair (being less powerful than a same HP single) of small engines on a Whaler, at 2/3rds of rated HP, is a fool's paradise if you ask me, unless 20 mph is your desired top speed, and all you do is troll or go slow. If one want 90-100 total HP on an 18 Outrage, why beat up two engines when you can only beat up one! Anything more than that and you're running way over 4000 rpms constantly. A twin engine Whaler should be powered so that your desired & regular running/cruising speed is turning 3200-3700rpm. On an 18 Outrage twin 90's is optimal, and gives about the same performance as the optimal single 150.

gvisko posted 08-11-2003 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
I towed my 83 outrage with a full tank of gas and 150 johnson
with my wifes 1999 isuzu trooper from south jersey to
westhampton long island about 180 miles and i did not even know it was on the back since then my wife bought mercedes
suv so i have to tow my 18 outrage,13'sport and chiefmikes
25 on the back of my ford e350 van no sweat here is you answer.

george viskovich

andygere posted 08-12-2003 01:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Steelhead,
See my response to your thread in Marketplace for a bit more info on this boat.

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