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rbruce posted 04-19-2004 04:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for rbruce   Send Email to rbruce  
Dear Chaps:

What is your opinion on a 2001 Mercury 25 4 stroke that is new in the dealer's shop waiting for me to write the check?

I currently have a Boston Whaler Sport 11 with a 1969 Chrysler 20 two stroke with very few hours. However, the motor feels to put it bluntly, underpowered. It was until 1984 that Chrysler Outboard rated their motors at the propeller, then they were sold.

I look forward for your input and keep whalering!


rbruce posted 04-19-2004 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for rbruce  Send Email to rbruce     
To clarify things better, this is a Mercury 25 manual start, Big Foot. Was this motor meant to tow skiiers or logs? Will the weight be too heavy for this classic hull?
ryanwhaler posted 04-19-2004 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I've seen elevens powered with 25hp Merc two strokes, but never a four stroke, It may be a bit heavy.

The hull will handle the 25hp just fine, but even a new 15hp will move the boat out a lot faster then that Chrysler you've got. Not only is that ratted at the power head, but they where pigs anyway. They are WAY overratted on HP, thats not putting out anything near 20ponys.

My 1975 Sport-11 is powered by a modern 15hp Merc. The boat planes off with three full size people in it. With two people it go's A LOT faster then the Chrysler is pushing yours in the pictures.

I really like your boat, its one of the nicest 11's I've ever seen. She really puts mine to shame!

Good luck.

ryanwhaler posted 04-19-2004 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Just saw your 2ed post.


A Bigfoot is for pushing a lot of weaght, top end will suffer.

rbruce posted 04-19-2004 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for rbruce  Send Email to rbruce     
Thanks Ryanwhaler! I will look into the 25 Classic 2 stroke. I would like to have an electric start that costs here $2,500 vs. the Big Foot 4-stroke at $3,600!
rbruce posted 04-19-2004 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for rbruce  Send Email to rbruce     

Thanks for your comments on my boat, it took a while to get it there and It's the only one I have. I allways wanted a Boston Whaler, it was a fixation in my youth. Now I long for a Montaulk 17' or 170 as they call them now, but that is going to take a while...

Mercury also sales a 25 Sea Pro two strokes, however, without electric start at $1,880. This is very popular with the artisan fishermen and it is supposed to last long in marine environments. My Chrysler takes a while to start when cold that's why I am looking into electric start also to carry a battery to operate lights, but this motor was for free as my father had it in his garage.

I use my boat mostly in rallys and to explore lakes and lagoons and I would like to rediscover fishing. Also bought a bait casting rod and reel towards this end and have been practicing to cast and hope one day to catch a Snook!

ryanwhaler posted 04-19-2004 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
IMO the eleven foot hull's are two small for a battery. To have electric start you'll need to carry a battery all the time, which will weigh the boat down and you'll always be scrapping your legs on it.

I don't have electric start on my 15 Merc, not once while I was on the water did I ever wish I had it. It will start on the 2ed pull when cold and the first when hot. After running around for a few hours, stopping for a while an then starting back up it will fire up with just a baby tug. I only carried a battery when I was planing on getting caught in the dark, I need it for my bow and stern lights.

I hear you about wanting something bigger, I looked for a bigger boat for a LONG time. I'm not the proud owner of a 1974 Montauk with a 70 hp Johnson. I'm going to keep the sport eleven for this last season and then look to sell it next spring.

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