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jimh posted 07-26-2013 12:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
It has been just about a decade since Brunswick introduced their Mercury Marine VERADO outboard engine, and I have been waiting to see one used as a repower on a classic Boston Whaler boat. Thanks to the ingenuity of Miles T. from Lafayette, Louisianna, we have our first look at a Boston Whaler classic OUTRAGE 25 re-powered with a 300-HP VERADO. Miles, who is a professional engineer and a ship consultant, designed the set back bracket. The bracket is a 12-inch set back and (I think) adds three inches of height relative to the transom. Using a 15.25 x 19 RAMPAGE propeller, initial testing produced a boat speed of 49-MPH. Miles said the hull had a bit of wobble at that speed.

Miles has seen some transom flexing, perhaps not unexpected with the long set back bracket and the significant weight of the VERADO. Once the engine mounting height is dialed in, he plans to add reinforcement to the transom. He is looking for ideas on adding strength to the transom, and what it could be tied into on the hull. The transom notch will also be closed off to keep water from shipping aboard and perhaps also add strength

The white VERADO, which I think looks just great on the OUTRAGE, was a low-hour engine off a go-fast demonstrator boat with quad engines. In a bit of a mix-up, Miles ended up with a counter-rotating engine. The used engine, only 360-hours, was quite attractively priced, too.

Enjoy the pictures:


A classic Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 25 with a VERADO 300-HP re-power


Close-up of the transom and bracket.


Stern profile view



Splash well and bracket.


Rear view. The cowling top appears to be the tallest part of the boat.

djahncke posted 07-26-2013 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
How did he get a white Verado? I think it looks better than the standard Mercury black.
jimh posted 07-26-2013 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As I understand it, the boat builder of the demo boat had the quad VERADO engines custom painted white. I've seen several (pictures) of white VERADO engines. Last year there was a boat on the North arm of Lake Charlevoix, a monster center console--probably a 35-footer--with white VERADO engines. Yes, I think the white engine looks very nice, too.
Peter posted 07-26-2013 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Does that Verado have a 30 inch leg? White is not a slimming color but the advantage is it does not get hot in the Summer Sun.
boatdryver posted 07-26-2013 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Regarding custom painting of outboard motors:

Three years ago while anchored near Newport, RI on a sailboat cruise, I saw a go fast boat with triple Verados. The boat and the motors were painted a light mint green, similar to mint chocolate chip ice cream, or maybe Key Lime Pie.

That rig would have looked more at home in Florida. In fact it probably wintered there, along with its owner.

JimL

martyn1075 posted 07-26-2013 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for martyn1075  Send Email to martyn1075     
I was a bit surprised how natural the side view looks and how it sits in the water. It does not appear to be as heavy as I thought it might look. Saying that the rear view, well it doesn't look as natural anymore. That engine is huge.

The white looks nice, a bit weird to see a white mercury actually given the decades of jet black.

Martyn

Buckda posted 07-27-2013 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
With that much power from a single engine on a relatively narrow beam boat, I wonder...does it list at WOT due to the twisting action of the prop? One of the benefits of Twin engines in a max hp configuration is the ability to negate that effect with counter-rotating propellers.

Just curious. I think this is actually the second Classic Whaler I've seen with a Verado repower. The first is Tom Birdsey's 18' Outrage up on Lake Champlain.

That engine is huge, but it doesn't appear to make the boat "squat" too much at rest.

Dave

jimh posted 07-27-2013 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Tom's OUTRAGE 18 has the four-cylinder VERADO. Miles's boat has the rather taller six-cylinder.

I agree with Martyn; the view in the first image gives a favorable perspective to the boat and engine. That classic 25-foot hull looks very low and long in that shot.

martyn1075 posted 07-28-2013 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for martyn1075  Send Email to martyn1075     
Jim it is interesting to see the engine raised up on the bracket. Seems to be as high as you could possibly get it as well. Does this mean if the engine was mounted on the original transom it would not work properly or at all? It it appears maybe at least 3inches if not 4 to 5? I'm more curious to find out why it's on a mount. If the owner is an engineer I'm sure there was perfectly good reason for it.

Martyn


jcush87 posted 07-28-2013 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jcush87  Send Email to jcush87     
Reminds me of a sport 15 with a 90hp or even the one that had the 130hp v4 on his 15
Tom W Clark posted 07-28-2013 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
That motor is a 30" shaft length model and the Outrage 25 takes a single 25" shaft length motor, hence the extreme high mounting.

Gotta say, the Verado looks a lot less goofy and massive in white.

Teak Oil posted 08-02-2013 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
It would look a lot better if it had the proper 25" engine instead of the that goofy 30".

I agree the hull handles the weight with no problem at all.

Overall I think the hull should be able to do more than 49mph, there was a 25 in the marketplace in Texas last year with a 300 Optimax and it was reported to do close to 55mph.

Tom W Clark posted 08-02-2013 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I agree. Given the engine height and propeller choice, I am sure some top speed has been left on the table.
Tom W Clark posted 08-03-2013 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
This motor could easily be converted from a 30" XXL shaft length to a 25" XL shaft length by removing the Driveshaft Extension and swapping out the Driveshaft.

The Driveshaft is a $300 to $350 part and, presumably, the XXL Driveshaft and extension would have some value on the used market so some of the expenditure could be recouped.

jimh posted 08-07-2013 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 25 can handle twin V6 outboard engines on its transom. The weight of older V6 engines would have been about 450-lbs each, so the total transom weight would have been at least 900-lbs. Since this single six-cylinder VERADO engine probably weighs about 750- to 800-lbs, it should not cause too much of a problem for the transom weight and for weight distribution. The static trim does not seem to be much affected, if at all. Of course, this is a single engine, and we are comparing to twin engines of old.
Peter posted 08-07-2013 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
At the time the Outrage 25 was designed, a pair of 150 HP outboards put about 750 to 800 lbs on the transom. While it is difficult to ascertain with a great degree of precision, my observation is that the static trim looks about the same with the Verado 300 mounted on the short bracket as it would be with a pair of 150 HP 2-stroke outboards mounted directly to the transom.
Jamesgt727 posted 08-12-2013 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jamesgt727  Send Email to Jamesgt727     
Could always fab a wider bracket between transom and motor. It would relieve the force if its really a problem, mount with eight bolts. My Wahoo! 2600 had similar issue, when the new owner went from twin 200 mariners to a single F350 V8. A year + later no stress cracks. (He's my neighbor)
saumon posted 04-10-2014 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for saumon  Send Email to saumon     
A 2 month old-news, but it seems Mecury will now offer two tone of white Verados right from the factory, available in spring 2014. Look like their "Warm Fusion" color could be a great match for the classic "Desert Tan"...

http://www.wired2fish.com/ mercury-introduces-white-300hp-verado-outboards/

jimh posted 04-10-2014 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Saumon--Many thanks for that news about the Mercury VERADO now being available in white, and in two shades of white to boot! I believe that Mercury will be joining Suzuki who recently introduced a white alternative color for their engines, and both will join Evinrude, who has been offering white or dark blue engines for some time. Evinrude also introduced a third color paint scheme, with gray tones recently.

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