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OUTRAGE 270 Test Ride
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posted 06-15-2005 01:36 AM ET (US)
I am passing on this account given to me today by an expert marine mechanic who recently had a ride on a new Boston Whaler 270 OUTRAGE with twin VERADO 250-HP motors.
"I got a chance to take a test ride last weekend on a new 27-foot Outrage. A friend's dad just took delivery of it. "Let's go for a ride," he said to us, "and let's see what this boat can do."
"We left Grosse Isle and went down the Livingstone Channel."
[The Livingston Channel is the shipping channel in the lower Detroit River, a solid rock cut into the river bottom about 40-feet deep and 200-feet wide. The channel exits into Lake Erie, with about a 40-mile open fetch to the south. The wind has been blowing like stink for three days out of the south. The current is localized into the channel cut, and flows very strongly southward. Thus there was a very strong wind against a strong current at this point.]
"We get to the mouth of the Livingstone Channel, and there are these huge ten-foot rollers coming in off the lake and building against the current."
"Mr. [name withheld] shoves the throttles to the wall, and the boat takes off. We go flying off the top of this big roller and go airborne. The engines are screaming. He leaves the throttles all the way down. TCK-TCK-TCK the engines are hitting the rev-limiters. BOOM, we come back down. We go screaming up the next wave, and we are off even higher!"
"Man, that is some boat. And those are some engines."
posted 06-15-2005 07:36 AM ET (US)
This past Saturday before test riding a Ventura, we saw an Outrage 24 w/ twin Verado 250's being prepped for delivery later that day. Wow! I never took a close look at one in the flesh, much less in the water. What a high-sided beast they are...can only imagine the 27 footer...
BTW, we bought the Ventura, and the Verado 225 is one sweet option!
posted 06-15-2005 02:21 PM ET (US)
If you saw twin 250 Verados, I'm pretty sure that what you saw was a 27. The 240 Outrage is only rated for 300 HP.
posted 06-15-2005 06:45 PM ET (US)
Jimh - In my opinion, the operator of that 27 demonstrated very little responsiblity, gross carelessness and extreme abuse of that boat. Frankly, in general we know that a Whaler will take that kind of water - when I think of things that are fun, taking air in an Outrage is not on that list - and in fact, the only reason that someone would want to subject someone else's boat to that abuse is "... it's not mine, so let's see what this thing will do ...".
Strictly applicable to those two pilots "ferrying" an empty Canadian airliner that was red-lined at 41,000 feet - when they joyfully decided to "... 41 it ...". For those that were not aware of it - both engines flamed-out at a bit over 41,000 feet, the plane stalled and they augured in a distance from an airfield.
Others will have different opinions - but I don't see an objective reason for their "... let's see what this thing will do...". --- Jerry/Idaho
posted 06-16-2005 12:26 AM ET (US)
Jerry--The man at the helm and throttles was the owner. It was his boat. Perhaps my narrative did not make that clear. My mechanic friend was just along for the ride--and some ride it was!
posted 06-17-2005 07:12 PM ET (US)
Wave jumping like that, letting the props spin free in the air and not backing off the throttles, is the best way in the world to strip the spines on the lower unit drive shaft where it mates to the crankshaft. When the props re-bite, they will strip the splines right out.
Other than that, the more people experience these Verados, the more impressed they will be. There is no other engine like it on the market that even comes close. I just saw a pair of the brand new 135/150/175's (don't know which as they were unmarked) in action, and all I can say is WOW, what machines. Wolves among the sheep when it comes to 4-strokes
posted 06-17-2005 07:35 PM ET (US)
An abuse of good machinery! When they crap out he'll blame the manufacturer. high sierra
posted 06-17-2005 08:00 PM ET (US)
I'm not sure how those "wolves" would ever catch their prey lugging all that extra weight around. ;)
posted 06-17-2005 10:15 PM ET (US)
I should have mentioned that the fellow on this test ride is not a mechanic for a Mercury dealer, so when he passed on his strong impression of the motors, it was a well-earned complement, and not sales talk.
posted 06-18-2005 12:00 PM ET (US)
Anyone know when the Verados will be available for individual sale. My understanding is that the early production runs will be applied to bundled boat sales only.
The only way we will be able to answer questions of performance, weight penalties, etc. will be when someone here re-rigs their boat with the new engines.
That said, if Mercury wants to provide a couple of the 150's, I'll volunteer my Conquest...
posted 06-19-2005 06:45 AM ET (US)
Plotman--twin 225's on a 240. Saw it yesterday again. Still sweet! Now, those 320's we saw....
posted 06-20-2005 03:16 PM ET (US)
Look for a new Outrage 36 footer with trip Verados on the back within the next year.
posted 06-20-2005 04:14 PM ET (US)
That 27-Outrage must fly with 500 horsepower on the back. My boss has a 27-Outrage with twin Mercury 225 4-strokes and he claims 48 mph top speed.
posted 06-20-2005 07:34 PM ET (US)
Actually the boat rigged with 2 Opti 225 is the fastest of them all 56.7 mph.
posted 06-20-2005 08:16 PM ET (US)
I wasn't aware the 240 would handle twin 250's. I rode in one with a pair of Optimax *150's* and it did over 50 mph. Are you sure that wasn't a 270 you're seeing?
posted 06-20-2005 09:16 PM ET (US)
Had to be a 270 the 240 max hp rating is 300hp.
posted 06-22-2005 01:15 AM ET (US)
I you got back and look at his post, the first time he said twin 250's then he posted twin 225's??? If you look closer the third time - you will see Twin Paxton Superchargers mounted double up on 275's on a Dauntless 220!!!!!!! Just kidding guys. It was probably the 24 with 225s
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