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Fbray posted 02-21-2002 01:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fbray   Send Email to Fbray  
Does anyone know the max engine weight for this boat (2002)? The catalogue does not give this info. Want a 225 Honda but worried about the extra weight vs. Optimax.
dchapp posted 02-21-2002 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for dchapp  Send Email to dchapp     
Just looked at a 2001 Catalogue and it as well only gives the max HP and not the weight. Sorry
bigz posted 02-21-2002 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
My first thought weight isn't an issue just the hp on your boat.

I would call Whaler customer service and check since that Honda hits 600 lbs.

That's way more than 100 lbs. heavier than the Yamaha 4 stroke, Optimax, or Evinrude Ficht!

The transom can handle it but trim could be a problem.

bigz posted 02-21-2002 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Correction reverse that --- hp isn't the issue but weight might be. Z
Whaletosh posted 02-21-2002 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I know that my dealer helped rig a 225 Yamaha 4-stroke on a Dauntless 22. The feedback I got from him was that is pretty decent.
SuburbanBoy posted 02-21-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Perhaps Z is referring to the 2-stroke Yamaha, as their 4-stroke 225 is 585 pounds and the Honda is 585. The Yamaha 2-stroke Salt Water Series (injected) weighs in at 495 pounds for a 225hp outboard. We will have to spend some serious money to drop the weight of the 4-strokes down to the 2-stroke level. Exotic alloy castings, titanium this and that. Probably not worth it for pleasure craft. BTW, the Ficht weighs over 500 pounds, and the Optimax is 530 pounds.


lhg posted 02-21-2002 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Why not settle for a Merc 200HP carbureted engine for $8000 (a great deal), at 410 lbs. Then two years from now, trade it in on a new Turbocharged Merc 225 4-stroke which they say will weigh less than 500 lbs.
bigz posted 02-22-2002 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Yes Sub, I meant the Yamaha EFI @ 493lbs-- sorry, the Ficht 225 @ 512 lbs, the Optimax 225 Saltwater 512lbs. or the Optimax 225 standard @ 472 lbs. the Honda 225 is at 599lbs. and the Yamaha 225 4 stroke 583 lbs.

The Mercury 225 EFI Saltwater is 477lbs. and the std. EFI 472lbs.

Sean as you related your dealer used the Yamaha 4 stroke and it worked, then certainly a Honda would be fine.

The max. motor weight in the 2002 catalog is also not shown which may be saying this isn't a major consisderation. That's why I mentioned check with Whaler customer service -- just a short phone call -- Z

Fbray posted 02-26-2002 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fbray  Send Email to Fbray     
Thank you all. I ended up purchasing the boat last weekend: 22 ft Dauntless with 225 Honda. I will let you know how it goes. Take delivery Memorial Day weekend. Will use in NH on Lake Winnipesaukee. Dealer did not offer Yahmaha. What do you thingk about wether or not I need to paint the bottom? Thanks

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