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BigMoney posted 10-03-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for BigMoney   Send Email to BigMoney  
I am considering the purchase of a 1998 Outrage 26. I currently own a 2004 Montauk 170, and have owned a few smaller classic whalers in the past. The one I am looking at has twin 225 EFI's on it, and is modestly priced (under $45,000). My questions are these:

Does anyone a 26 Outrage from this "time period"? If so, what are the good and bad things about the boat (opinion, of course)? And, if you own the EFI's, what kind of fuel economy do you get out of them?

I live in South Florida, so much of my fishing is trolling for Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna, etc. I don't usually have to run too far off shore (10 miles or so) to find fish in the Montauk, but I'm looking for something to take me to Bimini, and to hit the local Yellowfin tuna grounds (about 40 miles offshore), so I am seriously considering this boat. It looks like it's in awesome shape, and the motors seem to be very well cared for. All that and it's pretty fairly priced (right around $45,000), but I can probably get it for a little less... Any reviews, or help would be greatly appreciated...

26Out99 posted 10-04-2005 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for 26Out99    
Big Money,

I have a 1999. Lucky enough to get one of the last ones rigged with Yamahas (twin 200 OX66's).

Very solid boat. Dry ride. Burns 19gph @ 3,800 rpm. Yields ~32 statute mph. Keep in mind the boat is actually almost 28' so when comparing with other 26's the reality is this is a bigger boat.

Pro's - gets up and goes. Handles waves very well (not a pounder) and tracks well in all situations. Holds value. Good layout at the helm. Tons of storage. Fit and finish is excellent, which I've compared to most of the competition. Great ride for passengers.

Con's - factory leaning post uncomfortable if you have a long run to get to fishing grounds. Factory electrical wiring is of moderate quality in the installation (nothing labeled, bundled, or affixed well to hull points). Pronounced lean in strong quartering winds, but trim tabs are good to level the ride. Thru hulls are plastic, insurance isn't happy and I have to change them all out (bronze bwl, stainless awl) which is not easy to do with the foamed hull construction. Plastic latches all over. I changed all latch hardware to Stainless (Orcas).

Can't go wrong on this size and model. My list of con's seems longer than the pro's but in reality the overall pro's far outweigh the con's (gripes). Lots of variability on price in the market so search out what is available.

BigMoney posted 10-04-2005 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for BigMoney  Send Email to BigMoney     
Thanks for the info. I would much rather have rigged with Yammie's, but I don't really have much of a choice... It sounds like most of the "cons" are pretty cheap fixes (time consuming, but relatively cheap, I guess)... My biggest concern is ride and fish comfort (followed closely by fuel efficiency). But, if I do wind up getting the boat, I may re-rig it in a few years with 4-strokes or E-tecs... It definitely looks like a boat that will be around for years to come... Thanks for the help!
kamie posted 10-04-2005 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Check out this thread if you haven't found it.

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