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Cole posted 01-25-2004 07:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cole   Send Email to Cole  
Is 583 lbs. too much to hang on the transom of my 2000 18 OUTRAGE? That is the weight of the Yamaha 200 4-stroke. My current motor (150 Optimax) weighs about 450lbs. I did a search here and I see that someone with the same hull mounted the Honda 200 4-stroke on their boat, and they really seemed to like it. I dropped that person an e-mail but I havenít received a response. I called Boston Whaler and while they said there wouldn't be a [problem] with the horsepower, they couldn't comment about the weight (as they just didn't know). I tend to think that the weight should be OK--I've had her out with two people in the stern seats (plus others) weighing a combined total of 450lb. in the stern and all was OK.

It's all about the new engine--the 150 Yamaha 4-stroke is out, but not enough torque; the 200 Opti is the current front runner, but for 90lbs. more the Yamaha 200 4-stroke seems to maybe be the better long-term choice. Comments? Thanks

lhg posted 01-25-2004 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Since my older 18 Outrage handles 610# of engine, I would think your much heavier model would be OK.

Mercury says (in their new catalog) if fuel economy is more important to you than top end speed and acceleration, buy a 4 stroke. Otherwise buy a two stroke EFI or DFI.

Peter posted 01-25-2004 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
The 2000 catalog didn't publish a maximum transom weight for this 18 Outrage. However, recent catalogs publish a maximum transom weight of 510 lbs for the 180 Ventura which weighs just a few hundred pounds less but is a few inches longer than your 18 Outrage. My guess is that the 180 Outrage would have a similar maximum weight specification if they still made it and published maximum weight specs for it.

jimh posted 01-27-2004 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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