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|Author||Topic: 205 eastport|
posted 09-21-2004 12:23 AM ET (US)
Just read latest boating life mag. It had a write up on the 205.
Powered with a Merc 150 four stroke, and I'm not sure of the prop type. Two of the stats amazed me:
Does anyone out there have a feel for these numbers??
posted 09-21-2004 09:51 AM ET (US)
Well, according to the Whaler site, if you click on the Build your whaler menu item, the listed price for the standard configuration is $41,900. Begin adding options, like a trailer, and you can get the price closer to your estimate. Funny, I don't find a 4-stroke as an option, all choices including the standard are DFI 2-stroke. But I do recall someone finding typos on their web site, and this may be one of those.
posted 09-21-2004 08:01 PM ET (US)
3 gallons/hour at 3000 rpm is what the Honda 130 on my Conquest 21 does with 92 gallons of fuel, 3 guys, ice, heavy fishing tackle, and lots of other stuff on board. Since the Conquest 21 and 205 Eastport have similar dimensions and weight (don't know what the Eastport hull shape is) it seems the rpm/fuel numbers you read are right on.
posted 09-29-2004 06:08 PM ET (US)
I really like the features. The recessed walkaround design, porttapotti; and the port holes open and have screens. The optional fishing package has a livewell that doubles as storage, and rod holders. These features just might sell me. Also for towing is it only 2800 pounds. Add fuel and gear, towing about 3500lbs.
As for the hp, I'd choose the 200 instead. Maybe not get the milage, but will get to the fishin hole first:)
posted 09-29-2004 06:17 PM ET (US)
Powered with a Merc 150 four stroke?!!
Are you sure it wasn't an Optimax?
If not, I'd like to know....if the new 150 HP Verado's are out now, I want to start researching them...
The Eastport looks like it is shaping up to be a great design. I only hope the quality lives up to the promise....it has great potential, and I'd love to test ride in one...
posted 09-30-2004 11:46 PM ET (US)
The description in the mag only said Merc 150 four stroke. I assumed that it was a merc with a yamie power head.
posted 09-30-2004 11:55 PM ET (US)
I didn't know that Mercury had a 150 hp 4 stroke.
posted 10-01-2004 03:35 PM ET (US)
I checked the Merc website and you are correct, there is no 150 Merc fourstroke yet. I guess the mag made a typo..its probably a 150 optimax.
posted 10-02-2004 08:41 PM ET (US)
I looked at one a the Boston boat show, looked like a nice rig, but I thought the freeboard was kind of low around the stern.
Also, the cuddy didn't have much room. I understand its only a 20' boat, but whats the point in having a cuddy most tall people can't sleep in? I didn't look good for anything other then throwing all the crap you need, but don't want kicking around the cockpit.
I'm about 5'6 and could just lay straigt in the cuddy. Anyone smaller then me wouldn't be able to lay flat with there legs straight.
It wasn't empressed. 50grand should buy more boat then that.
posted 11-13-2004 04:19 AM ET (US)
Recently purchased a 205 Eastport. Opted for the200 Optimax
Only had a few opportunities to try it out,but so far it has
been total satisfaction. Perfect for fishing trips or just
cruising. I got every option available and so far I have no
regrets. My last Whaler served me well for twenty years and
now my grandson is using it. The Eastport will last me for
years to come, I'm sure.
posted 11-13-2004 09:45 PM ET (US)
I got on one of these at the Annap. Boat Show...seemed a bit small for my 6 ft frame, and I wasnt all that impressed by the spit and polish...but that was after I got on a 25 Conquest:) hehe Yep, for 50 Gs, I though she would have more or everything....I was very impressed with the larger Whalers though...but thats a big wallet hit up from my Nantucket....still the best buy and bang for the buck as far as I could tell.....with the best options for trailerability conpared to the 21 Outrage, which I love but cant trailer...me
posted 11-14-2004 10:48 AM ET (US)
Why could you trailer an Eastport, but not a 21 Outrage?
posted 11-14-2004 12:10 PM ET (US)
Since the Yamaha Mercury divorce, there are no YamaMerc 150 hp 4-strokes sold by Mercury and Boston Whaler. There must have been one in the pipeline and was the subject of the boat test.
At 3000 rpm, boat is probably going around 10 knots and is struggling trying to plane. Equal or better fuel economy would occur at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm when the boat is on plane.
posted 11-14-2004 04:01 PM ET (US)
The 2800 lb Eastport with no other options than a 500 lb Opti 200, and 430 lbs (68 gallons) of fuel, 20 lbs (3 gallons) of oil, 100 lbs of batteries, is doing to be 4,500 lbs sitting on a 650 lb trailer, and the dual-ale trailer may weigh more than that. This is with no gear, ice, water, food, etc in the boat.
A tow vehicle with 5,000 lb so-called "towing capacity" could be marginal for this boat.
posted 01-11-2007 02:47 PM ET (US)
I own a Eastport with 200 Opti. I tow the rig with a GMC Yukon, standard V8. Pulls boat/trailer ok without noticeable stress.
Before purchase, I tested the rig with the optional 150hp Optimax. I think the increase in power to 200 is worth the additional investment.
Storage for larger items (downriggers) is non-existent. I might remove the porta-potti to make space on the floor of the cabin.
This is my first boat with a porta-potti. Frinds tell me they always stink, even with addition of chemicals.
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