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Jorgen posted 12-09-2003 03:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jorgen   Send Email to Jorgen  
We have a new member in the WhalerClubEurope and he has just bought an OUTRAGE 18 c.2000. I would like to know all the good, the bad and the ugly about this boat.
RonB posted 12-09-2003 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

I have a 2000 Outrage 18. I bought it this past August as a dealer demo with 50 hours on an Optimax 135. I put 25 hours on the engine and boat and have had no problems. The boat is out of the water for the winter (in New York). The only option I am planning for is perhaps trim tabs. The boat/engine combination has been satisfactoy. At WOT I'm at 41.7 mph and 5200 RPM. I have standard gauges and not Smart Gauges. I added a bow platform with cushion for my wife and children. I have a leaning post, green bimini, green and silver striping and raw water washdown as options. Please feel free to ask any questions.


jimh posted 12-11-2003 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What engine does your friend's boat have?
Jorgen posted 01-25-2004 07:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jorgen  Send Email to Jorgen     
Sorry guys, a bit late but we just picked up the boat this week. It has a 200 Optimax with only 32 hours. She is in new state and looks real solid. This model is not sold a lot in Europe, probably you can count them all on one hand. All info we can get is usefull.
We have had a short run for test to see if all was working and got her for a steal price. All boats are stored for winter right now and we will not be able to do some more testing with her untill end of April. I will let you know what we experiance with her.
Thanks for your input sofar.


RonB posted 01-25-2004 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

Congratulations on the Outrage and 200HP Optimax. I will be interested in how this set-up works for you as 200HP is the max HP for the 2000 18 Outrage and it is what I have in mind should I repower my own 2000 18 Outrage in the future.

Another CW member (Hugo) put a 200HP Honda on his 2000 18 Outrage and was very happy with it. I believe you are the first to be posting here (I could be wrong as I frequently am) to have a 200HP Opti on the 2000 18 Outrage.


BillD posted 01-26-2004 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     

I have a 2000 Outrage 18 with the 150 Optimax. It is a great all around boat and handles like a much bigger boat than it is. The 200 Optimax should be perfect. When carrying a heavy load (i.e. several people) the 150's performance can be a little sluggish (trim tabs would probably help). Having a 200 hp engine should eliminate that problem.

I think it was the best boat made in the size range in the past few years, based upon its size, stability, handling, and functionality. I personally think it is a much better boat than the 18' Dauntless ot Nantucket.

There has been speculation as to what led to the short production run of this model. While the true reason is unknown many believe the following factors all contributed: the boats high price (comparatively speaking), the internal competition with other Whalers in the 18' range, the Dauntless and in hindsight Boston Whaler had to know they were coming out with the Nantucket, and the positioning of the Outrage as the Offshore fishing model that many may believe 18' was too small for.

I love the boat though.

prxmid posted 01-26-2004 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
Agree with Bill, The 150 Opti gives the boat an acceptable performance, a little slow to plane but no problem, top end 38-41 mph.

A 200 would be perfect.

It is a fabulous boat, the largest 18 foot boat on the market.

RonB posted 01-26-2004 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

You did not mention it but do you have tabs on your Outrage? I have been looking at Lenco's although I see Hydraulic tabs (most likely Bennett's) were offered as an option on the boat (9 x 9's I believe). A friend put Lenco's on his Nantucket and they made a world of difference especially at lower speed to plane and keeping the bow down. Now that I am stuck inside while it's snowing outside I've been thinking about doing the same but am trying to find someone who put tabs on this boat. I wonder if Hugo put tabs on his?


BillD posted 01-27-2004 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     
I am seriously debating tabs right now. I would go with the Bennets as they are the original equipment. There is someone who visits this board and the hull truth or the florida sprtsman board that works at Bennets who provided me a bunch of information.

My trim Tabs are on hold for now because at the end of last season I discovered that the wrong part was on my engine and by fixing it I should get improved performance. Since the work was done in at the end of October I have not been able to test it (too cold up here in MA). I imagine I will end up putting on the M80 tabs by Bennett mainly because I often have a heavy load and want to get on plane faster, and stay on plane at slower speeds.

RonB posted 01-27-2004 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

Thanks for your input, my marina recommends going with Bennets too...for many of the reasons already mentioned plus they have alot of experience installing them. It just seems like Lenco has really grabbed a share of this market and I cannot deny that they are cheaper to purchase, easier to install, and quicker to operate. As we get closer to spring, I think I'll price out both packages, soup to nuts, and then make a decision to go with one or the other or hold off completely. It's not the end of the world if I don't put them on, but we all know they make a big difference in the perfomance of most boats.


prxmid posted 01-27-2004 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
RonB, I do not have tabs. I have looked at the four or five other 18's Ive seen in the Annapolis area and none have tabs. Don't know if that means anything
tillerwiller posted 01-27-2004 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for tillerwiller  Send Email to tillerwiller     
I have a 99 Outrage with a 175 Evinrude Ficht. I can nothing but great things about this package. I have put as many as 10 people in this boat (rated for 8) and the boat has no problem getting on a plane and handles just fine. However, I am now selling the boat (Ebay # 2456979241)to move up to a 23 with twins. I need the security to go offshore. I will definately miss this boat. Good thing is I still have my 1984 Montauk in the shed. Go Whaler!!!!
Jorgen posted 01-29-2004 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jorgen  Send Email to Jorgen     
Thanks Guys,

For sharing all your experiances sofar with me.

This spring we will be using the 18 for the first time and I am sure that WilliamB who is the owner, will give us an update on how he experiance his new toy. This 18 has no trimtabs by the way. Does any of you have an idear how many were produced and their averidge going price?



RonB posted 01-29-2004 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

The cost of my 2000 18 Outrage new in 2000 with a 135 Opti was $37,500 without a trailer.


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