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Thumper13 posted 04-16-2003 11:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for Thumper13   Send Email to Thumper13  
I am looking at purchasing a 1994 14' Rage with a 115 OMC. This boat has been trailer kept and only has 65 hrs. on it is 5,800 a reasonable price.

Is 115 enough power if I dont want to go faster than 30-35 knts.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-16-2003 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I had a 1994 rage with the 115omc,best day was when I sold it which was in 1998 for $5300.00,so your price in my opinion is way out of line. Ck boatrader, I think it's worth, with trailer no more than $3000.00.
By the way it smokes and guzzles gas and has signigicant other more serious deficiencies.
Thumper13 posted 04-16-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Thumper13  Send Email to Thumper13     
Could you tell me more about the other problems
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-16-2003 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    

flywheel cover [plastic] continually cracking went through 4 covers, impellar housing virtually impossible to align if you suck a bag in water and have to remove impellar housing. Lousy fuel economy [23 gal tank I recall]. Noisy, smoky, and generally uncomfortable. Virtually impossible to control at under 1300 rpm, good luck docking!

Strong suggestion! Buy a 13 0r 15 classic or montauk with an outboard you'll be much happier!

Thumper13 posted 04-16-2003 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Thumper13  Send Email to Thumper13     
Thank you very much for your input and we will take your recommendation into account.
Thumper13 posted 04-16-2003 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Thumper13  Send Email to Thumper13     
If anyone has more information it would be greatly appreciated
JimIslander posted 04-20-2003 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimIslander  Send Email to JimIslander     

I have the 1994 15' version. Not to disagree with Trafficlawyer too much, but the problems he describes are not as bad from my side of this boat. The problems are there; they just don't bother me as much (maybe because I got the boat for a song).

I paid $3,500 with a trailer, which is definitely a great deal and under market value. I wouldn't want to pay too much more than that for a 14' version, even in good condition.

As for gas mileage, I follow the manual procedures and get decent mileage. That is, I give it full throttle to get on plain, then pull back to about 80% throttle. I still go about 27 mph (top speed is 30 mpg; I expect you will go ~35 in the 14' version), but I burn about 6 GPH instead of 8-9.

For docking, you just need to practice. I never had that much more control with an outboard. The key is the slow the boat down and keep the RPMs up. I think people must be coming in too fast, then cutting the throttle. Too late they realize that once you cut the throttle you have no steerage.

What else?

It looks good in the water. You can go full blast, crank the wheel hard right or left, and do a 180 in about one boat-width. Swimmers and skiers can get on board without needing to cut the engine. Also, we live near the ocean, where we have LOTS of little sea islands. It is great fun to run right up the bank of an island, essentially launching the boat up into the reeds. I cut the engine at the last minute. When it is time to leave, I just lift up the front of the boat and slide it into the water. I have NEVER plugged up the intake screen. Also, I have no problem realigning the impeller, which I need to do after every run, because you need to slide back the lower unit to plug in the freshwater wash system. I just turn the impeller about one degree if it doesn't line up. Normally works in 1-2 tries.

All in all there are some compromises. But it is a nicely unique boat that has been lots of fun for us. This is probably why they still sell in the $4500-$7500 range, even for the 1994s!

Charleston, SC

Paphian posted 04-20-2003 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paphian  Send Email to Paphian     
I personally bought a used 1992 Rage 14-feet two months ago! I bought it for 3.000 Cyprus Pounds (approx. US$5.000) including the trolley. It is equipped with the Yamaha 650 jet engine (the one installed to WaveRunner III).

It is my first boat and I wanted something that can fit my garage with low maintenace cost and smart. The Rage met these specs and after some maintenance work on the faberglass and the electrical wiring, it was ready for cruising.

I used it twice so far due to weather limitations. Note - I live in Cyprus, the islald in the east part of the Mediterranean Sea (off the coast of Israel) and I use the boat for sailing along the island coast.

I personally found out that fuel consumption is not that bad (roughly 15 liters @ 70% throttle per hour)and handling is really fun. It operates in really shallow water (even less than 2 feet) and is very easy to tow and launch, just one person can do it with no help at all. I did not any significant smoke either, at least more that the rest 2-stroke outboard engines.

I still haven't check the top speed or other engine parameters but it is certainly A FUN BOAT !!


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