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Anyone with a FICHT on an Outrage 17?
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posted 08-11-2003 06:02 PM ET (US)
This past weekend, I had the first real chance to put some hours on my new (to me) 1992 Outrage with Evinrude 100XP. I knew the boat would be pretty thirsty, loud, and smoky; she didn't disappoint! I'm thinking that a 115 FICHT would be a pretty sweet engine for the boat. Does anyone have a 115 FICHT (or even a 90 FICHT) on an Outrage 17? If so, how does it perform, how is the fuel usage, and how loud is it?
posted 08-11-2003 09:58 PM ET (US)
I'm a little smaller that you, I have a Dauntless 15 with a 75HP FICHT.
It is quiet, it seems like it hardly uses oil - maybe half or less of my 70HP Johnson 2 stroke (prior motor) and it uses about 40-50% of the gas. I use my boat 3+ times per week for several hours at atime and have since May 1. I have used about 1.25 gallons of oil and most of that was in the break in period. There was a substantial reduction in oil usage after the computer figures the motor is broken in (over 10 hours at 2000rpm or higher). Once it hits that mark, the oil consumption drops quite a bit.
It is so quiet that if its windy you don't even know its running at idle. You can converse in normal levels. You can easily carry on a conversation on at slightly higher than normal conversation with a person next to you at planing speeds and up to WOT. You don't have to yell at each other like you used to have to do with older motors. These are very quiet engines.
I did notice that when I added a Grand Island Turbo Lift fin, it got significantly quieter than without.
Since the 75, 90 and 115HP are all the same engine (basic) I would expect your results to be similar. I have a friend that has the 150 on his boat and it is about the same as mine for noise both fast and slow.
I like 'em. I think these are great engines.
posted 08-12-2003 07:13 AM ET (US)
hello my 17 outrage 1998 w/150 ficht is quick quiet and smoke free!
posted 08-12-2003 09:55 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the replies!
That's about what I figured. Now I just have to save up some cash to get one.
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