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alvispollard posted 08-30-2005 11:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for alvispollard   Send Email to alvispollard  
What is the deadrise on the 1999 and 2000 18' Outrage?
What hp motor is the best mpg for this boat?
What would be the mpg at cruising speed?
What year 18' Outrages had the in-deck fishboxes?
TomG posted 09-08-2005 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Alvis, I don't know the actual transom deadrise of the 18' Outrage , but it is a fairly deep-V. I'd guess it's around 18ยบ, but I have never actually measured mine.

There are some pictures of my boat at:
They show the transom shape very clearly.

The boat is rated for 200 hp. I have a Honda 150 4 stroke on mine which gives great performance and excellent fuel economy. At cruise I get around 3 mpg. I wouldn't recommend going much smaller than 150, although I have a friend who has the same boat with an Optimax 135 on it and it performs pretty well.

These 18' Outrages with in-deck fishboxes were only sold in 1999 and 2000.

Hope that helps...if you want any more info, just let me know.


alvispollard posted 09-09-2005 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
Thanks Tom for the info. You have one of the best looking
boats I've ever seen. How have you kept it looking new? How does the ride in your 18' compare to the 21' of the same year? I have read that the 18' is 3000# and the 21' (1999-2001) is 2300-2500#. Does the additional 3' make up for the lighter weight? I have never rode in either, however, I am in the market for one of these outrages (18' or 21'). Any help anyone can give me in this decision would be appreciated.
TomG posted 09-09-2005 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Thanks for the compliments! I've have been really happy with this has big-boat features and heft in a fairly small, easy-to-manage package. It's too bad BW only made them for 2 years, but I was told that they were too expensive to manufacture...too close to the cost of the 21'.

I've never ridden in the '99-'00 21' Outrage, but I'm sure that the extra 3' of length helps the ride. The 18' Outrage has a good ride overall, but can pound in a stiff chop. I don't have trim tabs, but plan to add would be nice to be able to lower the bow more in those conditions.

These Outrages are very heavy boats. My 18' is 2500 lbs. dry...without fuel, motor and gear. With full (92 gal.) fuel tank and the Honda 150, I estimate that it is over 3500 lbs. My 2000 catalog says that the 21' is 3000 lbs. dry, so with motor and fuel, it is probably pretty close to 5000 lbs.

For whatever reason, Boston Whaler made quite a few revisions to the stated weights of their boats during this period. I think that prior weights were not accurate...or didn't reflect the addition of hardware and accessories. As an example, the BW website archive from 1999 shows the weight of my 18' to be 1950 lbs. But in the 2000 catalog...the same boat is magically 550 lbs. heavier.

As far as features, these two boats are pretty similar. The 21' does have a little more seating in the bow and the larger center console with enclosed porta-potti. But it is heavier and requires a larger motor. Which one would be best depends on your needs...where you boat...what tow vehicle you large your crew is.


TomG posted 09-09-2005 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Here are the BW web-archive pages I referred to:

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