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stedge posted 07-10-2003 09:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for stedge   Send Email to stedge  
Looking for a boat to do everything - going for a ride/cruise, fishing, skiing (I'm 220). See a few Venturas, as noted on one of the other posts, at sale prices as leftovers, though none at the prices the gent quotes in th other post.

I see one with 135 optimax/ski pylon/covers/bimini, etc, for 27,5, and another with 150 opti/fishing package/covers/bimini/pylon for about 32.

Is this boat with the 150 going to be able to easily pull me with a few people on board? Could the 135? Is there that much of a difference between the 2 in terms of performance?

I can't seem to find other engine choices Honda, Yamaha), and note from other posts that these boats are basically being sold with Mercs, only, for the most part.

Thanks for any input. BTW - I know little about boats, but my wife grew up with an old Whaler on Duxbury bay, and so they kind of stuck...

Ventura16 posted 07-10-2003 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
There is a large selection of used 18 Venturas on both and with a variety of different size and brand engines. They range in price from $13.9K on up. It would probably be worth taking a look at some of them.

I don't think you will have any problem skiing behind either a 135 or 150 Optimax. My neighbor has a 135 Opti on his 18 Outrage and it pulls adults up just fine. The 135 and 150 Optimax share the same block and many components.


BillD posted 07-10-2003 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     

I have an 2000 Outragee 18 with a 150 Optimax and I have been told it has the same hull as the Ventura 18'. The 150 should be fine just make sure you prop it right for the heavy load. most come with a 17" prop and for regular use with a heavy load I would drop it down to a 15".

The boats are only sold with Merc power. I believe the big difference between the 150 and 135 is the "chip" and the gear ratio. The early Optimax motors appear to have had some problems (as new technology often does) but they have been worked out. I love my Optimax. Fuel efficient, quiet and problem free. There are people who love them and hate them. I liken it to the Ford vs Chevy pickup truck debate, both good products with opinionated supporters.

There was a post a few weeks back from hugehugo who repowered his Outrage 18 with a Honda 200 (at the top of the page change the setting to show topics from the past 30 days instead of 10 and look for a post by hugehugo).

jimh posted 07-10-2003 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Ventura16 posted 07-10-2003 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
BillD, I think the Ventura has the same hull as the 18 Dauntless, not the Outrage. That is the case with our 16 Ventura...same hull as the 16 Dauntless. They have a shallower V-hull than the Outrage and a little less draft. They weigh a bit less too.


BillD posted 07-11-2003 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     
Ventura 16:

You are probably right about the hull. That makes more sence since they are still making both models. I was just repeating what a dealer told me (often a dangerous idea).

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