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225 optimax on a 255 conquest?
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posted 06-15-2004 02:20 PM ET (US)
I am planning a sea trial on a 2002 255 Conquest. I am concerned that the Whaler may be under powered - being slow to plane. I am very pleased with my present 1999 21' Conquest powered by a 200 optimax. Again the 25' Conquest is powered by the 225 optimax. Your thoughts will be appreciated.
posted 06-16-2004 07:45 AM ET (US)
The minimum horsepower recommended for the 255 Conquest is 225, maximum is 400. This is a 4900# boat. When a boat is powered by the minimum recommended HP I equate that to minimum performance. This boat should have twins.
posted 06-16-2004 10:53 AM ET (US)
Denny, whaler.com has performance tests on the site for the new models.
They do have a performance graph showing their results with the 225 Opti on the 255 Conquest.
Hope this helps.
posted 06-16-2004 01:08 PM ET (US)
I have the same configuration as tested on the 255 Conquest, but it is a 1999 23 Conquest. I have a 1999 225 Optimax with a 15p Mirage prop. I WOT at 5200 RPMS and see a top speed of 41mph.
I am happy with this performance on my boat, but I would think the performance on a 255 would be worse.
posted 06-16-2004 01:24 PM ET (US)
Go twins !
posted 06-16-2004 07:01 PM ET (US)
I think the most telling factor that the boat is underpowered with a single 225 is that it does not start to plane until it hist 4000-4500 rpm. Running at a cruise of 4500 rpm is going to suck down gas, not to mention shortening the live span of the motor by running it a lot in the upper RPM ranges just to maintain cruising speed. A good pair of twins with the surface area of two props helping to carry the weight of the boat will let you get planing/cruising rpms down to 2800-3000 where the motors will run a lot more economically. Especially an Opti with its' low rpm stratified charge mode of operation. Bill
posted 06-16-2004 09:48 PM ET (US)
Single on a 255 is a bit underpowered, I have twin 200 hp HDI's on my 255 03. Your going to be pushing almost 8000+-
lbs. On mine, Thats 5500,+ 1000 motors, + 1000 fuel and water, + 500 gear than add people.I plane virtually with a push of the throttles and can hit 48-50 trimmed up and light on liquids.
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