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masbama posted 06-27-2014 06:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for masbama   Send Email to masbama  
Went with a buddy to check a 1997 OUTRAGE 17 with a 2008 Mercury Verado 135. The engine is huge. At 510-lbs is it too heavy?
george nagy posted 06-27-2014 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Did you sea trial this boat? I think it may be very stern heavy with that Verado. I have seen this boat setup with a 115 v4 johnson and the static trim was level. I know that many were rigged with 135 to 150 OptiMax motors when they left the factory which weighed nearly 100-lbs less than the Verado.
george nagy posted 06-27-2014 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy

In the link above there is a post with the same boat rigged with an E-TEC 135 V6. Read this; if you haven't yet you will get some idea of the boat's performance regarding stern weight, with the exception that the engine is much lighter than the verado.

Jerry Townsend posted 06-27-2014 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I bought the same boat new, but with a 115 V4 Johnson which weighs 319-lbs. The static trim is level. ---- Jerry/Idaho
masbama posted 06-27-2014 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for masbama  Send Email to masbama     
Have yet to sea trial. That is the next step. Will be interesting. It does have trim tabs. Thanks!
mkelly posted 06-27-2014 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for mkelly  Send Email to mkelly     
I have a 1994 Outrage 19 with a 405-lbs engine. It still has porpoising problems. My opinion way too heavy. I have tabs, which help, but I don't think it would take care of everything you would need. Navy or black 150 E-TEC would be perfect for that boat, weighs 420 lbs.
jimh posted 06-28-2014 02:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Teak Oil posted 06-29-2014 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
That boat will be much too stern heavy and could have porpoising issues at speed as mentioned above. Also in a following sea it will have a much greater tendency to take water over the stern.

There is no way I would want a 135 that weighed 500 lbs on an Outrage. For that weight you could have a 250 E-Tec!

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