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smo posted 01-19-2001 09:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for smo   Send Email to smo  
Thanks for letting me know about this forum, it is a great source of information. I am glad you liked my web page. One of these days I'll add some cabin interior shots.
BillS (smo)
Pat Smith posted 01-20-2001 03:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
Bill,great looking boat.You took some good pictures,thanks for sharing them-Pat
kingfish posted 01-20-2001 07:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I had also stumbled across your post to wreck (sic) boats - I'm a little chagrined that I had not already let you know how impressed I was with your web-posted photos of your boat. Great job, and great boat - send some stuff into JimH here and he'll put them up in Cetacea.

Welcome aboard


Ed Stone posted 01-21-2001 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Bill,
I enjoyed looking at your Whaler.
I noticed the cleat at the bow pulpit,did you
add that cleat to tie off anchor & chain?
I noticed the cables and wiring from your
Mercs are protected with plastic tubing,
is that factory or did you add the tubing.
Whats the chance you can push the 23 up on
a plane with one motor?
Ed Stone
smo posted 01-21-2001 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for smo  Send Email to smo     
Ed, to answer your questions;
The bow cleat and rigging tubes came with the boat, I did not add them. The boat will plane on a single engine. I have done it with 3/4 tank of fuel and 3 people on board. It took full down tabs and the good engine tucked in. time to plane out was about 25 seconds and it maked out at around 4200 rpm and 28 mph. Those numbers are from memory, the logbook is with the boat about 200 miles away. The Merc Opti 135s have gobs of torque and I am sure that helps. I have corresponded with another Conquest 23 owner who has his boat rigged with twin Honda 130s. His boat will not plane on one motor.
BillS (Smo)
andygere posted 01-23-2001 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Nice job on your Conquest web site. I really appreciate your detailed photos. It's too bad that the hardtop overhead box is not large enough to house your electronics, but your work-around is both clever and well done.
Barry posted 01-24-2001 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     

Welcome to the forum. I've got a couple of questions about your 23.

What year is it?
Did you buy it new?
Sounds like it performs nicely with the 135s, but why not the 150s?
And most importantly, does it catch fish?


smo posted 01-25-2001 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for smo  Send Email to smo     
The boat is a '98 model year purchased in December of 97 and delivered in Feb of 98. I went with the 135's for two reasons. First I read a comparison test of that motor against similar sized Johnson and Yamahas and it blew both away. It was obvious it is at the top end of the 10% leeway given to horsepower ratings. Secondly, that is the biggest block for that horsepower rating so I figure the motor is understressed. I'm hoping it will live a long time at the moderate RPM, but high loads, I typically encountered when running rough seas and trying to just keep up on plane. I don't do much trolling other than for Kingfish and Dorado. You don't get the clean blue trolling alleys you would with an inboard because of the through hub exhausts that kick in at about 1000 rpm. The boat will, catch fish if I'm up to the challenge.
Barry posted 01-25-2001 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
You still have the Laguna or did you trade it in on the Conquest.

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