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waywardsuun posted 02-11-2006 11:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for waywardsuun   Send Email to waywardsuun  
I am in the process of purchasing a 1999 OUTRAGE 21 with a 200-HP Mercury OptiMax Saltwater outboard motor. I will mostly use it on inland lakes to fish and ski. I'd appreciate pros cons and comments. Thanks
jimh posted 02-11-2006 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There is extensive prior discussion of the OptiMax outboard motor; seek opinions of the motor there, please. For example, concurrent with this discussion we have:

Mercury OptiMax Reputation

This article has been moved to the POST-CLASSIC area for discussion of the 1999 OUTRAGE 21 hull. I am sure you will find some correspondents who can help you with that evaluation here.

Mambo Minnow posted 02-11-2006 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
Same hull and motor as my "new" 1999 Conquest. One of the best Post Classic hull designs in my opinion, soon to be a "classic".

Pro: The accutrack "v" hull on this boat can handle a good chop on open seas - a great ride. This is a BIG 21 footer...more akin to some 23s than the 20-21s I saw at a local boat show last night.

Con: Carefully research the motor history...if you can get the serial no., check with a Mercury service center and review service history. Better yet, do a marine survey adn have motor's computer chip history reviewed.

I did this to check recalls and how periodic service was performed...very revealing and put my mind at rest....2001 was the worst year for problems with the OPTIMAX 200/225 that led to a class action lawsuit over defects. At a minimun, make a sea trial a condition of closing the sale.

duckear posted 02-16-2006 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckear  Send Email to duckear     
With the Optimax history, I would figure the value of the hull alone and offer that for starters. Also, check with the local Merc rep and see what has been done, if anything, on the motor out of the ordinary (such as a new powerhead).

How many hours? Be wary of low hours. Boats that are not used and boats that spend the summer in the shop both have low hours.

good luck

sosmerc posted 02-18-2006 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
And keep in mind that "low Hours" isn't always a good sign...if the engine wasn't properly prepared for long periods of storage.
Be sure to get a copy of the "run history". This at least will tell you "how" the engine was run. It will show you the specific time the engine was run at various rpms...and whether or not there were a number of minutes running during "fault incidents" such as over-rev, over-heat, and other stored engine faults.
I have a customer with a 1999 225 Optimax on a MasterCraft ski boat...and so far it has been flawless. But then get excellent service every season :) !!
sosmerc posted 02-18-2006 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
Forgot to say....always insist on a water trial. Running the engine on a hose doesn't cut it. That engine should start on the first crank, and it should idle at 650rpm nice and steady, whether in gear or not. It should not smoke...and you should be able to put the throttle at ANY position and it will run cleanly. The only thing I have noticed on the 99 225 that it may "pop" a bit in the mid-range 1800 to 2500 rpm from being a bit rich in that range. You hear this excess fuel firing off in the least I think that's what it is. It's nothing to be concerned about as long as the engine runs smoothly and cleanly everywhere else.

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