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Ski Pylon for 17' Outrage II
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posted 02-20-2004 04:45 PM ET (US)
I recently upgraded from a 13' Dauntless to a 17' Outrage II (1998) The boat came with the removable fishing station/rod holder on the stern. I want to add the ski pylon and was interested in having one fabricated. (too cheap to pay the dealers price) I am looking for the overall pylon length and the measurement of the hole for the pin to pass through. I know a 1"OD stainless rod with a 5/16" hole is required. I don't want to guess at the length since I geel that a long pylon might cause excessive torque on the base and deck.
posted 02-22-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)
If you can wait a week or so, I can get you the measurements from the pylon I have. Right now my Outrage is about 20 ft up in the rack, but it's coming down shortly for pre-season maintenance. The toughest thing you'll have to do is to fabricate the hook/ring at the top to which the ski rope attaches. I believe Whaler still has these in stock, and they are priced reasonably. I paid around $115 for mine last season.
posted 02-22-2004 03:47 PM ET (US)
I have a 1998 Ventura with a ski pylon measurements are as follows: 1 1/2" dia., 22 3/8" to the bottom of the ring, 25 1/4" with ring, outriggers attach 16 1/2" up from bottom and are adjustable in length , 29 3/8" overall with 3/4" pin. Hope this helps.
posted 02-23-2004 08:46 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the help,
I will be glad to wait for you to get the boat out of storage. I'm not in that much of a hurry. I have a friend who owns a metal shop so I am hoping to get it fabricated for less than the dealers cost.
posted 02-23-2004 01:00 PM ET (US)
No initial problems porpoising. My boat's rigged the same as yours (Opti 135), but I did find that the original dealer had mounted it too low. Took it up one notch and it planes faster and trims out much better than before. Interestingly, bringing the motor up a notch does have an effect when using the tow bar as there is now less clearance between the tow ropes and the engine cowling. No complaints, though.
posted 02-23-2004 03:32 PM ET (US)
I have sent all of my boat motor, etc., information to the local Whaler dealer. He was going to check to see if the motor had been mounted in the correct hole. It sounds like my problem might be fixable, not a design problem. Thanks for your comments.
posted 02-23-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)
I have a 17' 1997 outrage II with a 130hp Yamaha. If you lift the engine too high it will porpoise. Just put the trim back down till it stops. Lots of luck with her. She is a great little boat that will take you anywhere.
posted 02-24-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)
I did find out that the boat came equiped with a 19P Prop and the previous owner had installed a 17P Prop. Makes me think that the engine has to work harder to make the boat move the same distance and could have some bearing on the trimming
posted 02-25-2004 05:51 PM ET (US)
My Outrage has a stainless Mercury Vengeance 14 in, 19 pitch prop. I get good performance from it. You may want to find out if your dealer will let you try a 19p.
posted 02-26-2004 08:10 AM ET (US)
As soon as the weather warms up I will give that a try. I'm with you, I think it might help
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